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Policy Priorities

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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. 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 an annual policy survey and monthly regional and statewide calls, our coalition’s Members inform our coalition’s policy work. Our work includes both legislative solutions and systems change efforts to strengthen prevention and intervention responses to domestic violence.

2019 Priorities:

$50 Million in Ongoing State Funding to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence

Thanks to your activism, Governor Newsom and the legislature allocated $5 million in the state budget to prevent sexual and domestic violence. This is a testament to all of our hard work to increase awareness of prevention in our communities and at the Capitol. Our collective efforts have sustained policymakers’ attention to this issue for the second year in a row—and during the transition to a new Governor. This victory is also significant because prevention funding is uncommon in state budgets throughout the nation, making California one of the only places to prioritize it in its budget.

⇨ Read our statement and celebrate your hard work as a part of this success! 

Increase Federal Support for Domestic Violence Victims

Together with other coalitions and national organizations, the Partnership analyzes federal funding proposals and advocates to ensure they address the needs of programs serving domestic violence victims. Key areas of federal funding advocacy include, but are not limited to: the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. Learn more about federal funding for domestic violence and programs.

Support Our Ongoing 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: 

Become a Member

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


Subscribe to Our Mailing List

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. 

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