DV LEAP (Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project) celebrated its 10th anniversary last Thursday with celebrity keynote speaker Robin Givens. LPR’s founder and CEO, Elisa Eisenberg, attended the event and returned with raves about the organization and about Ms. Givens.
According to its website, DV LEAP advocates for domestic violence victims who have been denied justice in the court system:
Despite numerous legislative and policy reforms designed to protect victims of domestic violence, many courts fail women and children who seek protection in court. Appellate review has been remarkably successful in correcting trial court errors.
However, victims of domestic violence are rarely able to access the appellate courts – appeals are very expensive and few lawyers possess both an understanding of domestic violence and the necessary appellate expertise. Systematic and sophisticated appellate litigation is critically needed to protect the legal rights of victims of domestic violence and to provide safety and justice.
DV LEAP was founded in 2003 to respond to fill this vacuum in advocacy for victims of abuse. DV LEAP also provides pro bono appeals, training, and strategic assistance to lawyers and courts.
LPR applauds DV LEAP and it’s founder and executive director, Joan Meier, for their unwavering support for victims of domestic violence and their efforts to reform the court system so domestic violence victims can find justice in the courts. Congratulations to DV LEAP on its 10th Anniversary and all of the progress it has made so far. We wish DV LEAP unbounded success in its mission to help domestic violence victims in the years to come.