Washington, D.C. - The Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) today announced Actress and Advocate Abigail Spencer as their first-ever Goodwill Ambassador.
"I am so honored to walk alongside DV LEAP as they carry domestic violence cases to the highest courts, protect survivors, and change laws.As Goodwill Ambassador I will bridge Hollywood with DC and join our efforts to listen, lift up women's stories, and effect lasting change."
In her role as DV LEAP Goodwill Ambassador, the star of HULU’s Reprisalwill use her platform and voice to help raise awareness about abuse and the challenges faced by survivors and their children in the judicial system. Ms. Spencer was the special guest and keynote speaker at DV LEAP’s 15th-anniversary event in Washington, D.C. in 2018.
Ms. Spencer stars in NBC’s dramaTimeless and Sundance TV’s Rectify. She is also known for her memorable roles on Suits and Mad Men. Film credits include Cowboys & Aliens,Oz: The Great and Powerful, and This Is Where I Leave You,among others. She was recently announced as producer of the documentary musical Witness Uganda and serves on the board of directors for The Performing Arts Project, where she mentors young artists.
“I am delighted to welcome Abigail Spencer to the DV LEAP family,” said Executive Director Lee Ann De Reus. “Given Abigail’s commitment to survivors, I know she will elevate their voices and stories, bringing much-needed attention to domestic violence and barriers in the court system.”
The Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) is the only nonprofit in the U.S. devoted solely to providing pro bono legal appeals for abuse survivors. Now in its 16th year, DV LEAP partners with law firms in Washington, D.C. and across the country to overturn unjust verdicts and secure safety for adult victims fleeing violent partners and children exposed to unsafe parents. DV LEAP pursues systemic change by training lawyers, psychologists, and judges on best practices and spearheading domestic violence litigation in the Supreme Court.