The California Partnership to End Domestic Violence is continuing our collaboration with ValorCalifornia, a program of ValorUS, advocating for $15 million in ongoing prevention funding for sexual and domestic violence.
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. We are deeply grateful for the administration’s support for these funds. However, the one-time nature of the funding means that our state administrator, Cal OES, cannot plan for lengthy grant periods—and community-based organizations cannot commit to the long term work needed to change societal norms and our culture around consent and healthy relationships. Preventing violence and abuse so deeply embedded in our society will take time, and ongoing funding is critical for this work.