Despite numerous legislative and policy reforms designed to protect victims of domestic violence, many survivors and their children are denied legal protections in court.
Appeals are a remarkably effective tool for correcting unjust legal decisions. However, they are rare, because they are both expensive and require appellate expertise.
DV LEAP vets potential cases rigorously. We assess all details, including previous legal actions, court transcripts, and other information, to determine if corroboration of abuse exists, if the issues were adequately raised at trial, and if there is a viable claim for appeal.
The dynamics and root causes of domestic violence and child abuse are complex, yet cut across all socioeconomic levels. Consider the often ambivalent connection between perpetrator and victim, the complex obstacles to becoming safe, and the perpetrators' skill in manipulating systems and professionals.
In the end, there are many reasons why a survivor of family violence may be denied legal protections.