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Policy Priorities


Policy Priorities

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 2021& 2022, our policy work will focus on the following areas:

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

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has made our already planned priorities around survivor homelessness and sexual and domestic violence prevention even more urgent. Learn about  each of our  priorities by clicking the tabs below. For an overview of our state-level priorities, read our 2021 & 2022 Policy Agenda.

2021 & 2022 Priorities: 
Funding and Program Requirements

  • Advocate for COVID-19 relief funding for DV programs and survivors 

  • Ensuring ongoing, stable funding for DV programs 

  • Seek out opportunities for prevention funding 

  • Begin strategic planning for a shift away from reliance on fines and fees assessed to individuals convicted of DV

Housing and Homelessness

  • Secure survivor-dedicated funding within state homelessness funding.
  • Shift the narrative to increase understanding by policymakers about the intersection of DV and homelessness.
  • Position the Partnership and its members as a key stakeholder in homelessness policy.
  • Increase eviction protections for survivors.

Economic Justice

  • Create remedies for survivors dealing with impacts of financial abuse, including incurred debt.
  • Mitigate the impact of poor credit for survivors by reducing systemic barriers to make it easier and faster for survivors to repair or rebuild their credit.
  • Review and comprehensively update the Safe at Home Program to address barriers to survivor participation and increase access.
  • Ongoing: partner with advocacy organizations and government agencies to address child care needs.

Addressing the Criminal Legal System

  • Support the advancement of alternative responses to the current 9-1-1/law enforcement response.
  • Support the development of alternative responses to accountability through restorative and transformative justice approaches.
  • Re-examine the array of grant requirements for MOUs between DV programs and criminal system entities.
  • Support changes to eliminate requirements for survivors to engage with the criminal system to access needed safety and benefits.

Our Work toward Racial Justice – Holding Ourselves Accountable:

View our infographic with each Partnership team’s contributions.

Prevention and Immigration

  • Elevate the issue of prevention and the need for legislative support and dedicated funding, through events including annual Orange Day briefings.
  • Seek out funding opportunities to support prevention efforts.
  • 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. If you care about domestic violence and want to make an impact, contact our Policy Team at   

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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Stay updated on our latest policy accomplishments, and receive calls-to-action for supporting key legislation.

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 Para asistencia técnica en español, por favor comuníquense con Sarita Matlin: o 415-528-3540.

How Do We Determine Our Policy Priorities?

The Partnership’s Policy Advisory Council is a diverse group that helps develop our proactive policy agenda and our responses to additional legislative proposals, considering the interests of a full spectrum of survivors, advocates and communities. Through a biennial policy survey and monthly regional and statewide calls, our coalition’s Members inform our policy work. Our work includes both legislative solutions and systems change efforts to strengthen prevention and intervention responses to domestic violence.