The Alipato Project's Mission
To ensure the safety and financial wellbeing of families in California by providing legal representation to domestic violence survivors in tort actions against their batterers.
One out of every three women in the world will be raped, beaten, trafficked, or abused in her lifetime. In California alone, law enforcement receives one domestic violence related call every three minutes. Your donation will help us reduce these numbers by establishing the first nonprofit organization to specialize in litigating domestic violence tort cases.
What We Need
Everything raised over $50,000 can help pay for suing even more batterers in civil court!
If we don't reach our fundraising goal, you get to keep your donation and survivors of domestic violence will continue to face great hurdles searching for an attorney to take on their personal injury case.
In our work, the Alipato Project is committed to modeling acts of solidarity (as opposed to acts of mere charity) with domestic violence survivors. This means that we do not see nor treat women as pitiful victims in need of nice rich people to give them food, shelter, and money. Instead, we see victims as resilient survivors who are entitled to financial restitution from their batterers.
We believe that working within this framework will empower survivors to stand up against their abusers, backed with the knowledge that the community collectively disapproves of their abuser's actions. But first, we need the community to demonstrate that we are indeed outraged by the prevalence of domestic violence. By donating to the Alipato Project, you show domestic violence survivors that you believe that they deserve attorneys to take on their case.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the median award for intentional tort cases is $38,000. There is also precedence for jury awarded fees for as much as $500,000 for domestic violence survivors. Hence, litigating domestic violence tort cases not only financially compensates a victim for the harms they endured, but also puts batterers across the United States on notice that their future misconduct will come at a substantial price.
This also means there is significant income to be recovered in domestic violence tort claims, making it possible for the Alipato Project to charge clients a sliding scale contingency fee in addition to seeking court-awarded attorney’s fees. As the first organization to specialize in domestic violence tort cases, the Alipato Project plans to demonstrate the long-term financial sustainability of this endeavor, thereby inspiring other attorneys to also seek financial restitution for survivors across the United States.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please help us end the cycle of domestic violence by:
- sharing our video with your friends and family;
- hosting a fundraiser brunch at your home;
- throwing a fundraiser dance party;
- asking your boss and co-workers to pool money together for the cause; and
- sharing our Indiegogo page with your social media networks.
We also have perks: awesome music downloads, signed CDs, shirts, murals, VIP tickets to Alipato Project's "Thank You" party at the New Parkway Theater, and honorary board membership.
- David Evan. Genre: indie and folk rock
- Blooms. Genre: hip hop
- Marcus Very Ordinary. Genre: sad bastard music
- Felecia and the Dinosaur. Genre: feminasty folkabilly
- Shut Up's Mixed Tape. Genre: blues, rock, blue grass, doo wop, happy hardcore
- Dear Indugu. Genre: acoustic-electric indie rock
For Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), the Alipato Project will host a screening of "All Good Things," with a panel discussion at the New Parkway Theater. VIP Tickets give you free entry passes and drink vouchers!
All Good Things: Mr. David Marks (Ryan Gosling) was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Katie (Kirsten Dunst) who disappeared in 1982, but the truth is eventually revealed.
Faultline Artspace and Endless Canvas were lucky to have Gaily Ezer, an aspiring botany textbook artist, paint murals (pictured below) for them. You can be so lucky by making a $500 donation to the Alipato Project.
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Status: Pending
Alipato Project's 501(c)(3) status application is pending. If the IRS grants our application, your contribution will be treated as tax-deductible, retroactive to the date of our organization's formation (09/21/2012).
- A spark that spreads the fire
- A glowing ember that escapes a dying fire
- A wrongful act that results in damage to another person's body, property, or reputation, and for which the injured party is entitled to compensation.
In 2002, the California Legislature responded to widespread concern about gender-based violence by enacting AB 1933, which established a new cause of action for the intentional tort of domestic violence. This statute enhanced the civil remedies available to domestic violence victims to “underscore society’s condemnation of these acts, to ensure complete recovery to victims, and to impose significant financial consequences upon perpetrators,” (AB 1933). By establishing the tort of domestic violence, AB 1933 made available compensatory and punitive damages to survivors of domestic violence.
Seeking compensatory and punitive damages through an intentional tort claim is an effective way to compensate victims and deter an abuser’s future misconduct. Unfortunately, the majority of law firms are not willing to litigate intentional tort claims against batterers. Statistics show negligent tort cases represent 60% of torts tried in civil courts, while intentional torts only compose 4%; domestic violence claims are an unreported fraction of those intentional tort claims.
This underrepresentation is caused by three factors:
- Liability insurance policies do not cover intentional torts.
- The assumption that batterers have limited assets. Hence, it seems less profitable to specialize in domestic violence cases than it is to specialize in litigating automobile accident claims in which plaintiffs and their attorneys recover directly from insurance companies.
- Many people remain unaware that AB 1933 made compensatory and punitive damages available to domestic violence survivors, even ten years after its enactment. This is in large part due to the fact that existing domestic violence legal programs only focus on requesting restraining orders and practicing criminal, immigration, and family law.
The legal community currently needs a strategy that simultaneously provides full financial redress to victims and holds perpetrators financially accountable in a manner that deters future misconduct. The Alipato Project was the first organization founded to meet this need.