Policy Priorities


Policy Priorities

We have been instrumental in the passage, enactment, implementation and enforcement of strong, comprehensive legislation and public policies that address a range of domestic violence issues. Through our Policy Committees, advocates have an integral role in ensuring that our policy work meets the needs of survivors, communities and organizations across California. Our priorities include both legislative solutions and systems change efforts to strengthen prevention and intervention responses to domestic violence.

The Partnership, together with its membership, has identified the following priorities for 2016.

Funding/Program Requirements

Issue Overview: State and Federal funding are essential components of program budgets and must be grown so that organizations can meet their communities’ needs for emergency shelter and other essential victim services. The Partnership works to ensure that state and federal allocations support critically-needed funding for a wide range of domestic violence services across the state.

2016 Priority:

Re-establish the Funding Subcommittee to:

  1. Gather information to assess the impact of the new VOCA funding
  2. Identify next steps to increase funding for DV services, with a consideration of prioritizing funding for prevention and/or non-shelter based organizations
  3. Examine the 13 Mandated Services for DVAP programs

Civil/Family Law

Issue Overview: The civil legal system has a critical role to play in promoting victim and family safety. The ability to obtain a restraining order, navigate divorce and custody proceedings, and have meaningful language access and interpretation services in civil court are just a few examples of the civil and family law issues on which the Partnership advocates.

2016 Priorities:

  1. Support efforts to provide free court reporters in domestic violence family law proceedings
  2. Work with Judicial Council to update the DV-530 form
  3. Finalize and disseminate Restraining Order Enforcement toolkits
  4. Continue relationship-building and Failure to Protect efforts with Department of Social Services


Issue Overview: To create significant and lasting change in our communities, we must focus on preventing violence before it occurs. Our policy work in this area can strengthen the well-being of future generations.

2016 Priorities:

  1. Focus coalition-building efforts on collaboration with advocates and other stakeholders addressing Prevention/Title IX
  2. Promote systems-change efforts encouraging schools to adopt and implement school policies to address adolescent dating abuse
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Underserved Communities

Issue Overview: The Partnership recognizes the importance of addressing the needs of traditionally underserved or unserved communities, including populations underserved because of geographic location, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, underserved racial and ethnic populations, populations underserved because of special needs such as language barriers, disabilities, alienage status, or age.

2016 Priority:

  1. Focus coalition-building efforts on collaboration with advocates and other stakeholders addressing Reproductive Justice and Mental Health

Economic Justice

Issue Overview: Economic concerns are the most frequently cited reason survivors return to abusive relationships. In order for survivors to take steps towards violence-free lives, they must have a solid financial foundation. Safe and affordable housing; the ability to work and earn a fair and livable wage; and access to public benefits that meet the basic needs of recipients are all policy issues impacting economic justice for survivors. 

2016 Priority:

  1. Focus coalition-building efforts on collaboration with advocates and other stakeholders addressing poverty & economic justice

Criminal Law

Issue Overview: The criminal legal system has a critical role to play in promoting victim and community safety, and is the current measure of accountability for those who commit domestic violence.

2016 Priority:

  1. Continue collecting diversion information form Members and other stakeholders

Support Our Policy Work

The decisions made in Sacramento and Washington DC directly impact domestic violence survivors and programs. Our ability to advance public policies relies upon private donations and membership dues. If you care about domestic violence and want to make an impact, here’s how you can help ensure our voices are heard by state and federal legislators: 

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When you join our Coalition, you gain access to our Public Policy and Research Committees, giving you a voice in statewide domestic violence legislation. 

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Tools & Resources

The following tools and resources will help you effectively engage in policy efforts.