Public Policy and Research Committees (PPRCs)
The Partnership monitors the development and implementation of state and federal laws that effect victims of domestic violence, non-profits, and domestic violence programs. We work closely with domestic violence advocates through our Public Policy and Research Committees (PPRCs) in each region to ensure that our public policy work meets the needs of survivors and programs across California. We also collaborate with legislators, state officials and others.
Our PPRC members actively participate and engage in the development of the Partnership’s legislative priorities. The adoption of legislative priorities is the culmination of a process involving Partnership members statewide. The Partnership and PPRCs collect ongoing feedback through member responses, reports from regional representatives, state reports, and discussions with state leaders. Criteria used for developing the public priority activities include viability, critical need, strong member support and potential for distinctive Partnership contribution.
Each year, the Partnership staff and members engage in a variety of public policy activities. These activities are identified by PPRC members, members at large and key stakeholders, with input and advice from staff. The Partnership staff and membership attend public hearings, provide comments on proposed and pending legislation, assist state agencies in policy development, serve on grant review committees, partner with state agencies on grants, assist in statewide training and resource development and provide expertise on issues in domestic violence. We provide public policy information to domestic violence victim advocates and allies in the movement. Lastly, the Partnership also holds an annual Legislative Action Day to inform members and elected representatives about legislation related to domestic violence.
While some of the Partnership and PPRCs' activities culminate in legislation, some become established as sub-committee areas that are subsets of and run by PPRC members. Our current sub-committees are Domestic Violence Funding, Immigration and Domestic Violence, Teen Dating Violence (TDV), and Criminal Justice and Domestic Violence.
Court Access & Language Access for Victims – NEW!
This newly formed subcommittee will address issues around court access in the face of current court closures and other budget cuts. Included in this, the subcommittee will address language access for survivors both in the courts and as part of the criminal justice response.
Criminal and Civil Justice
(formerly Domestic Violence Contempt Implementation Initiative)
The Sub-Committee is responsible for researching and providing recommendations to the statewide PPRC for DV emerging topics in policy and systems change. Our initial primary role was to be the advisory committee to create and implement SB1356 DV Contempt Law training curriculum.
What do we do?
This new subcommittee will focus on the federal policy areas that directly impact domestic violence programs and survivors. The subcommittee will focus on annual federal funding, VAWA, VOCA, FVPSA, and other relevant federal policy areas.
The Funding Sub-Committee of the PPRC works to develop and support funding proposal(s) that will sustain and enhance public and private funding and resources for domestic violence prevention and response.
What do we do?
The Immigration Sub-Committee takes action on the connections between immigration and domestic violence in recognition of the overwhelming number of survivors who are faced with immigration issues. To address the unique needs of these survivors and the ways in which existing systems hinder the safety, needs, and autonomy of survivors who are immigrants, the sub-committee works to raise consciousness by facilitating dialogue, engaging in research, and creating and distributing educational resources for both advocates and immigrant survivors in our communities. By building connections in our communities, the committee strives to support the Partnership and the PPRC in advocating for systems change. More information...
What do we do?
The sub-committee advocates for public policies and institutional practices to promote healthy relationships and prevent TDV. The TDV sub-committee’s work advances one of the six goals of the Partnership’s Prevention Plan 2009-2013: Advocate for public policies and institutional practices to prevent DV. TDV prevention is the focus for the Prevention Plan, not only to respond to and prevent this form of intimate partner violence among youth, but also as a priority strategy for preventing future adult domestic violence in California. More information...
What do we do?
Get Involved!For more information about the PPRCs and how you can get involved, contact Krista Niemczyk, the Partnership’s Public Policy Specialist, at Krista@cpedv.org