Family Violence Law Center

Family Violence Law Center We provide free 24 hour crisis intervention services and legal services to domestic violence survivors and their children.

24 Hr Crisis: (800) 947-8301
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At FVLC, we offer complete services to residents of Alameda County, California, who are experiencing domestic violence. We can support you through a crisis, help get you to safety, and place you in emergency shelter. If you want to talk to the police, we will help you and support you through the criminal justice process. Our legal team can help you file a restraining order, a child custody/visitat

ion order, and child support order. We provide free attorney representation for some cases. We offer counseling for your children, help you keep your future address confidential, and may be able to connect you to financial assistance to help you get back on your feet. All of our services are available free of charge. We can also refer you to many other helpful social service agencies, even if you do not live in Alameda County, California. All services are available in any language through an interpreter, and all conversations are confidential.

04/05/2024

"I can cry thinking about people who are actually willing and get to the point where they're reaching out for help and nobody is there."

Federal funding for victim services has declined dramatically, and if California does not step in to provide funding, domestic violence service providers and other victim services will experience steep across-the-board cuts to their funding that will directly impact survivors’ ability to access the safety and healing the need and deserve. https://lnkd.in/ga9_rnUM.

Our legislature must fund VOCA at $200 million this year. Lives depend on it.

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Take action today.
04/05/2024

Take action today.

Tell the California Legislature to invest $200 million in ongoing funding to backfill federal VOCA funds. Due to ongoing federal instability the state's victim service providers are at risk of dev...

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12/24/2023

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM FVLC! To learn more about the funding issues FVLC is facing, check out this article, featuring our Executive Director. Please donate today. Your support means that we won't have to

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12/15/2023

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Have you ever wondered what a typical day looks like at FVLC? In September, 2023, FVLC participated in the National Network to End Domestic Violence's annual census. From 5 am on September 6th to 4:59

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11/28/2023

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On this national day of giving we ask you to help us address domestic violence and sexual assault in Alameda County. Our goal is to raise $25,000 by the end of 2023 to serve the complex needs of su

Crucial Supreme Court case is being heard tomorrow morning! The oral argument for U.S. v. Rahimi is on November 7th star...
11/06/2023

Crucial Supreme Court case is being heard tomorrow morning! The oral argument for U.S. v. Rahimi is on November 7th starts at 7 am PST and will be broadcast live here - https://lnkd.in/dq8nbZDn.

Register here for the webinar we’re co-hosting on November 16th from 3 to 4 pm about the case - https://lnkd.in/dJmjHxFp.

Where Violence Ends, Healing Begins Violence Prevention Day of ActionViolence upticks are symptoms of a much larger prob...
10/25/2023

Where Violence Ends, Healing Begins Violence Prevention Day of Action

Violence upticks are symptoms of a much larger problem and it's time that we make the necessary investments to address the root causes of violence and expand violence prevention and interruption programs.

The crime and violence we’re seeing today is the result of years of gentrification in our communities. Studies show that between 1 and 5 years after gentrification, firearm injury incidents increased more than 6-fold due to the resulting destabilization in communities.

Studies also show that crime has actually decreased for the past 50 years in California, Oakland mirrors these trends! Since 1970 juvenile arrests in California have dropped 95% and adults 63% and since 1992 violent crime rates have fallen 52%.

The larger picture is that violence is on a decline thanks to the tireless work of violence prevention and interruption initiatives.

Investments in Black and Brown communities are failing to keep up with aggressive corporate agendas. Corporations have caused devastating impacts in the Bay Area and beyond which has resulted in violent displacement and economic disasters. We must face the fractures COVID-19 accelerated that were already rippling across poor communities. Previous to the pandemic, in the past decade, Oakland was seeing a 18% decrease in violent crime!

Solutions must include: community ambassadors, neighborhood teams, violence interrupters and street outreach, job training and placement, youth programs, youth diversion, mentoring and life coaching, community-based healing services, cultural programs, domestic violence services, housing placement, wrap around services, school based violence intervention and prevention teams, emergency family relocation services, mental health and trauma recovery services, and more that you will learn from our partners!

In Oakland, approximately 50% of the calls for service received by the Oakland Police Department are nonviolent and noncriminal. Punishment-based approaches do not solve poverty and the social conditions that push communities into impossible situations that create cycles of violence.

10/24/2023

What a great discussion last night at The New Parkway theater! Director Signe Baumane, Valarie Taylor from Oakland Elizabeth House and Vii Miller from Family Violence Law Center talked about My Love Affair With Marriage in the current social and political context. Very insightful!

Join us October 27th for a movie screening of Surviving International Boulevard and a discussion with expert speakers! T...
10/12/2023

Join us October 27th for a movie screening of Surviving International Boulevard and a discussion with expert speakers!
Taking place at the Oakland main library from 2-4pm!

It’s not too late to purchase tickets to our annual fundraiser! Come learn about the wonderful accomplishments of our st...
09/26/2023

It’s not too late to purchase tickets to our annual fundraiser! Come learn about the wonderful accomplishments of our staff and support our vision for the future!

“In court and in our community, every day”

Purchase your ticket here: https://conta.cc/3rgAsW3

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09/20/2023

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Our Annual Event is on October 5, 2023 Get your ticket today! Family Violence Law Center's Annual Event At Family Violence Law Center's events our focus is always on celebration. Our staff and Board

We're excited to cohost this powerful conversation with Mallika Kaur (ED of Sikh Family Center) and Judge Jon Tiger. Our...
09/12/2023

We're excited to cohost this powerful conversation with Mallika Kaur (ED of Sikh Family Center) and Judge Jon Tiger. Our conversation will take place September 26th from 5pm-6pm, in person and via zoom!

Register Here: https://www.acbanet.org/event/?backcaltype=g&month=9&yr=2023&eventid=17264

In partnership with Bay Area Legal Aid and Alameda County Bar Association

Survivors of violence, especially after the pandemic's isolation, are just now seeking help. Don't let them face another...
09/12/2023

Survivors of violence, especially after the pandemic's isolation, are just now seeking help. Don't let them face another setback if Victims of Crime Act ( ) funding is reduced.

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09/08/2023

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Our Annual Event is on October 5, 2023 You're Invited! Family Violence Law Center's Annual Event At Family Violence Law Center's events our focus is always on celebration. Our staff and Board are exc

We’re excited to be cohosting National Night Out at the Family Justice Center next Tuesday! Join us for a fun family eve...
07/30/2023

We’re excited to be cohosting National Night Out at the Family Justice Center next Tuesday! Join us for a fun family event where we will be giving away 300 backpacks with school supplies, raffling bikes, and so much more. Come enjoy NNO with us and learn more about the amazing services we provide!

Our 2nd Summer Safety Series conversation focuses on Policy solutions that can make our communities safer! We’re excited...
07/25/2023

Our 2nd Summer Safety Series conversation focuses on Policy solutions that can make our communities safer! We’re excited to be joined by Jessica Bartholow, Chief of Staff for Senator Skinner and Cassandra James, Senior Community Development Specialists for the City and County of San Francisco!

07/10/2023

Intimate partner gun violence affects far too many of our communities. In 2021, there were 82 domestic violence homicides in our state. If you’re a survivor or a service provider, you can use the to learn more about resources California offers to increase safety and heal from dangerous situations. Find it at EndingGV.org

We're launching our Summer Safety Series next week! Mark your calendars for these important conversations! *All sessions...
07/10/2023

We're launching our Summer Safety Series next week! Mark your calendars for these important conversations!

*All sessions will be virtual only

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06/27/2023

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Oakland has Cut its Violence Prevention Programs While approving an additional $40 million for the Oakland Police Department, last night Oakland's City Council refused to allocate the $3.65 million ne

“If someone does not feel confident in their ability to work with law enforcement, we can still work with them. And havi...
06/23/2023

“If someone does not feel confident in their ability to work with law enforcement, we can still work with them. And having our services cut means that those people would not be able to be served," Owens said.

Earlier this week FVLC Policy Manager Tunisia Owens spoke to KALW about impacts of the projected DVP cuts from the Mayors Budget. You can read our full letter to the Mayor here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CuyJiTcBdVLOgkxVKVWlFCFll2tUCKI2DmvOqKStz_Q/edit?usp=sharing

Read the full article here: https://www.kalw.org/politics/2023-06-20/oaklands-department-of-violence-prevention-facing-major-budget-cuts

June 7, 2023 Honorable Mayor Thao 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612 RE: Mayor's Budget to Support Gender-Based Violence Prevention Efforts Dear Honorable Mayor Thao First and foremost, thank you for your continued commitment to creating a balanced budget during these unprecedented...

Our quarterly newsletter is out now! In our June issue we explore the themes of Juneteenth, liberation and the need to c...
06/21/2023

Our quarterly newsletter is out now! In our June issue we explore the themes of Juneteenth, liberation and the need to continue uplifting and honoring the work of Black activists. Additionally, the policy team has been hard at work advocating for survivors at the local, state and federal levels, read our updates below and keep an eye out for our summer webinar series!

As service providers it’s important to be aware of what to look for when supporting survivors of gun and domestic violen...
06/14/2023

As service providers it’s important to be aware of what to look for when supporting survivors of gun and domestic violence. Here are some questions to consider.

Gun violence can show up in a number of ways and it’s important to be aware of what that can look like within our commun...
05/10/2023

Gun violence can show up in a number of ways and it’s important to be aware of what that can look like within our communities and how to support those impacted. In California we have a number of legal avenues that can be accessed by individuals impacted by this form of violence. At FVLC we are proud to offer legal support with filing a Domestic Violence Restraining Order, one of the many ways in which guns can be removed from a home where violence is taking place.

May is   across the Bay Area! When speaking of affordable housing it’s important to consider the intersections of Intima...
05/04/2023

May is across the Bay Area! When speaking of affordable housing it’s important to consider the intersections of Intimate Partner Violence(IPV) and lack of housing access. Many survivors of IPV are forced to stay in unsafe conditions or face homelessness due to our housing crisis.

In her research Janice Miller, Director of Stability Services at the House of Ruth MD, found that one third of all IPV survivors experiencing homelessness were not counted in the 2019 and 2020 HUD Point in Time (PIT) Counts. This undercount obscures the magnitude of the problem of housing instability among IPV survivors and provides insufficient estimates on which to base resource allocation decisions.

Read more about her report here:http://www.saluscommunity.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/HRM_Measuring-Intimate-Partner-Violence-and-Homelessness_Final.pdf

In order to effectively support survivors of domestic violence in seeking safety we must also look at the intersections ...
05/03/2023

In order to effectively support survivors of domestic violence in seeking safety we must also look at the intersections of gun violence. In homes where DV takes place and gun are present, a survivor is five times more likely to be murdered.
For crisis intervention resources and legal services, contact the Family Violence Law Center

24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800-947-8301

[email protected]

We are excited to officially launch our Pathways to Safety Campaign! In this campaign we will explore the intersections ...
03/22/2023

We are excited to officially launch our Pathways to Safety Campaign! In this campaign we will explore the intersections of domestic violence and gun violence and its impacts on survivors. Through this campagin we aim to better educate survivors about the resources they can access to ensure their and their loved ones safety. As well as educating providers about what resources they and offer and how to support survivors navigating gun violence.

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