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Policy Priorities

Overview

The Partnership has been instrumental in the passage, enactment, implementation and enforcement of strong, comprehensive legislation and public policies that address a range of domestic violence issues. In 2022, our policy work is focused on the following areas:

  • Funding and Program Requirements
  • Housing & Homelessness
  • Economic Justice
  • Addressing the Criminal Legal System
  • Prevention
  • Immigration

In 2020 and 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic made our already planned priorities around survivor homelessness and sexual and domestic violence prevention even more urgent. For more details about our state-level priorities, read our 2021 & 2022 Policy Agenda.

2022 Legislative Priorities 

We are excited to be sponsoring or co-sponsoring four important bills this year! Our priority legislation is focused on various components of survivors’ economic security. We encourage you all to take action today by submitting organizational support letters for each of these bills. Below you will find template support letters for each bill that you can download and customize. If you have any trouble submitting your letters, please reach out to policy@cpedv.org

SB 975 (Min) Coerced Debt. This bill provides survivors with the urgently needed opportunity to seek relief from repaying debts they were coerced into by their abusive partner. According to recent research, fifty-two percent of domestic violence survivors report experiencing coerced and fraudulent debt, and these debts are significant. An average of $15,936 of debt is incurred in a survivor’s name without their knowledge or consent each year and at least 42% of survivors experience damaged credit as a result of these debts. We are pleased to co-sponsor this bill with Public Law Center and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.  

This is a goldenrod lightning bolt.Click here for the bill fact sheet
Click here for a template support letter

SB 1017 (Eggman) Eviction Protections. This bill strengthens California’s eviction protection for survivors of violence to close several loopholes and increase the number of survivors eligible for protection. Supporting survivors in maintaining their housing will support their healing and stability. We are co-sponsoring this bill alongside the Western Center on Law and Poverty, Californians for Safety and Justice, Family Violence Appellate Project, and the Women’s Foundation of California, Dr. Beatriz Maria Solis Policy Institute.  

This is a goldenrod lightning bolt.Click here for the bill fact sheet
Click here for a template support letter 

SB 914 (Rubio) Homelessness System. This bill improves California’s response to homelessness by requiring cities, counties, and continuums of care that receive state funding to address homelessness to include domestic violence survivors and unaccompanied women within the vulnerable populations for whom specific system supports are developed. The bill also requires the California Interagency Council on Homelessness to set and measure progress towards goals to prevent and end homelessness for these vulnerable populations. Co-sponsoring the bill are Downtown Women’s Center and Rainbow Services.  

This is a goldenrod lightning bolt.Click here for the bill fact sheet
Click here for a template support letter 

AB 1726 (Aguiar-Curry) Safe At Home. Our final sponsored bill for this year makes a range of updates to the Safe At Home program, which allows survivors to receive a confidential mailing address. This bill will increase its functionality for participants and ease challenges with the application process.  

This is a goldenrod lightning bolt.Click here for the bill fact sheet
Click here for a template support letter

    Ongoing Policy Advocacy: 
    Funding and Program Requirements

    • We are working to secure $15 million in ongoing prevention funding in the state budget, continue advocacy for stable and increased domestic violence funding.
      • This year, the state budget included $15 million in funding for domestic and sexual violence, and the budget previously allocated one-time funding for this purpose in the FY 18-19 and FY 19-20 budgets, at $10 million and $5 million respectively.
      • Click here for our organizational sign on letter.
    • Continue advocacy for stable and increased domestic violence funding and support ongoing federal appropriations advocacy. The state provides $20.6 million from the general fund for domestic violence shelter based programs. 

    Housing and Homelessness

    • Co-sponsor bill related to the homeless system and domestic violence
    • Co-sponsor eviction protection bill to address gaps for survivors
    • Continue to build consistent communications with relevant state agency staff
    • Support the HOME cohort of 6 domestic violence agencies working to enact systemic change on how the homeless system responds to survivors. Host a series of briefings with the cohort in early 2022.
    • Host a listening session with California’s Victims Compensation Board (CalVCB) to ensure the field has the latest information they need about CalVCB, and for CalVCB staff to hear directly from service providers about gaps and barriers with accessing the program.

    Economic Justice

    • We are co-sponsoring legislation to protect survivors from debt collection for debts they were coerced into. Survivors and families experiencing domestic violence need the economic security provided by a solid financial foundation, including access to food, housing and employment. 
    • Sponsor Safe at Home legislation. 
    • Work with the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation on regulatory items as needed. 
    • Support AB 628 (Garcia, E.) implementation. This bill addresses the needs of individuals who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and face historic systemic barriers to securing a meaningful career. 
    • Support SB 2 (Bradford) implementation and regulatory process. This bill creates a statewide process to cancel professional certificates for officers who abuse their power, including those who commit rape and other forms of violence and abuse. 

    Addressing the Criminal Legal System

    • We are working on implementation of the CRISES Act, which will provide stability, safety and culturally informed and appropriate responses to immediate emergency situations.
    • We are also convening a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders to explore how to reduce the harms survivors and their children experience when interacting with the child welfare system. 

    This is an icon of a hand outlined in black inside of a lavender oval.Prevention

    • We are working to secure $15 million in ongoing prevention funding in the state budget, continue advocacy for stable and increased domestic violence funding.
      • This year, the state budget included $15 million in funding for domestic and sexual violence, and the budget previously allocated one-time funding for this purpose in the FY 18-19 and FY 19-20 budgets, at $10 million and $5 million respectively.
      • Click here for our organizational sign on letter

    This is an outline of a globe icon in black, with a dashed arrow encircling it. Everything is shown against a lavender oval.Immigration 

    • Advocate for policies that support immigrant survivors’ access to the range of benefits and resources.
    • Actively oppose policy which creates additional barriers for immigrant survivors.
    • Support policy to develop options for immigrant survivors to access relief and protection without requiring engagement with the criminal legal system.

    Learn More and Get Involved

    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. Become a member and support our work! If you have any questions, please contact the Policy Team at policy@cpedv.org.    

    Become a Member

    When you join our Coalition, you gain access to our policy advocacy community! No matter where you’re starting—as a new member who has yet to visit the Capitol, or a seasoned advocate who has attended lots of legislative meetings—we’re here to present learning opportunities, provide calls to action, and hear your input to ensure that our policy work reflects a responsive, integrated approach combining services and social change. 

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    How Do We Determine Our Policy Agenda?

    Partnership staff gathers input from our coalition’s membership about priority needs through policy surveys, topic-specific listening sessions, and monthly regional and statewide calls. We work closely with our Policy Advisory Council to analyze input from the membership and develop our two-year policy agenda, which is then approved by our Board of Directors.

    The Partnership’s Policy Advisory Council is a robust and diverse group of subject-matter experts and policy advisors who are best poised to provide guidance on the many challenging and complex policy issues the Partnership addresses on the issues impacting all survivors, including those from marginalized communities. In addition to assisting with the development of our 2-year agenda, they also assist with analyzing all domestic violence-related bills introduced in the legislature.

    Tools & Resources

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

    • Find additional policy information and Partnership publications in our resource library.
    • Learn the rules for non-profits engaging in advocacy work with Bolder Advocacy. Bolder Advocacy’s trainer-attorneys provide workshops, resources, and free technical assistance to demystify nonprofit advocacy laws. Their goal is to help you navigate nonprofit advocacy rules and become confident advocates. Bolder Advocacy provides free technical assistance to organizations navigating their rights to participate in and fund advocacy. Please contact them with any questions at 1-866-NP-LOBBY (866-675-6229) or advocacy@afj.org. Para asistencia técnica en español, por favor comuníquense con Sarita Matlin: sara@afj.org o 415-528-3540.


    Our Work toward Racial Justice – Holding Ourselves Accountable:  View our infographic with each Partnership team’s contributions.