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CALL SCRIPTS FOR BUDGET ADVOCACY DAY

You can use the template call scripts below to plan your conversation with Governor Cuomo, your Representatives, and Legislative Leadership.

GOVERNOR CUOMO

You can reach the Governor's Office by calling 1-518-474-8390.

The script is available below, or you can download a copy: Template Call Script To Governor Cuomo

Hello, my name is __________________ and I am a/an {advocate, program director, executive director, etc.} at {your organization}.  I’d like to speak to a staff person who handles budget related issues for the Governor. {Reintroduce yourself to the staffer}.

Today is the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Budget Advocacy Day and I’m joining with hundreds of domestic violence advocates all over the state calling our representatives to share a number of our concerns regarding the New York State budget. We ask that you work with the Legislature to ensure no survivor of domestic violence is ever turned away from the services they seek, and that New York State begins to meaningfully invest in primary prevention so that we can stem the tide of violence and stop it before it starts.

The preliminary 2015 New York State Domestic Violence Census[1] numbers are staggering. New York State has the highest demand for domestic violence services in the country. Here are just a few of the numbers:

  • In just one day, 6,950 victims were served. Of these, 3,239 received non-residential services.
  • 956 survivors’ requests for services went unmet because of critical funding and staffing shortages
  • 148 individual service options for survivors in New York State were reduced or eliminated during 2015
  • 115 staff  positions, most of which were direct service advocates, were reduced or eliminated during 2015

In light of these troubling numbers, we ask that you ensure the following items are prioritized in the final budget:

1. Help shore up long standing gaps in operational funding as a result of flat or reduced state investment by:

  • Providing $6 million in TANF funding for non-residential domestic violence services; and
  • Providing  at least a 3% increase in the domestic violence shelter per diem rate.

2. Create a primary prevention funding stream for domestic violence services in New York by establishing a $17.25 million fund in the public protection budget that will be dispersed through coordinated support to NYSCADV and local domestic violence programs statewide. Research has shown the cost of a single homicide can be well over $17.25 million - we are requesting funds at this level to demonstrate New York State’s commitment to preventing far-reaching tragedies of domestic violence homicides in the coming years[2].

3. Restore and increase funding for critical civil legal services for domestic violence victims statewide in order to address the high demand for civil legal services by survivors of domestic violence.

4. Provide $4.5 million in funding for local domestic violence programs to provide support to colleges and universities that the recent Enough Is Enough campus policy mandates for stalking and domestic violence services (to compliment the $4.5 million already provided in support for rape crisis programs for sexual assault prevention).

If the Governor has any questions or would like more information, I can be reached at {phone number}, or you can contact Connie Neal, Executive Director at the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 518-482-5465.

 Thank you for your time, and have a great day.

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 NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE

To ensure the strongest impact, we're asking everyone to call / email /fax / tag the following legislative leaders (contact information is available by clicking on their name):

Next, identify who your representative is and get their phone number. You can do that by visiting the following links:

You may use the script available below or download a copy here: Template Call Script To New York State Legislators 

Hello, my name is __________________ and I am a/an {advocate, program director, executive director, etc.} at {your organization}. I’d like to speak to a staff person who handles state budget related issues for the {Senator / Assemblymember}.

{Reintroduce yourself to the staffer}.

Today is the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Budget Advocacy Day and I’m joining with hundreds of domestic violence advocates all over the state calling our representatives to share a number of our concerns regarding the New York State budget. We ask that you work with your fellow legislators and the Governor to ensure no survivor of domestic violence is ever turned away from the services they seek, and that New York State begins to meaningfully invest in primary prevention so that we can stem the tide of violence and stop it before it starts.

The preliminary 2015 New York State Domestic Violence Census[1] numbers are staggering. New York State has the highest demand for domestic violence services in the country. Here are just a few of the numbers:

  • In just one day, 6,950 victims were served. Of these, 3,239 received non-residential services.
  • 956 survivors’ requests for services went unmet because of critical funding and staffing shortages
  • 148 individual service options for survivors in New York State were reduced or eliminated during 2015
  • 115  staff positions, most of which were direct service advocates, were reduced or eliminated

In light of these troubling numbers, we ask that you ensure the following items are prioritized in the final budget:

1. Help shore up long standing gaps in operational funding as a result of flat or reduced state investment by:

  • Providing $6 million in TANF funding for non-residential domestic violence services; and
  • Providing  at least a 3% increase in the domestic violence shelter per diem rate.

2. Create a primary prevention funding stream for domestic violence services in New York by establishing a $17.25 million fund in the public protection budget that will be dispersed through coordinated support to NYSCADV and local domestic violence programs statewide. Research has shown the cost of a single homicide can be well over $17.25 million - we are requesting funds at this level to demonstrate New York State’s commitment to preventing far-reaching tragedies of domestic violence homicides in the coming years[2].

3. Restore and increase funding for critical civil legal services for domestic violence victims statewide in order to address the high demand for civil legal services by survivors of domestic violence.

4. Provide $4.5 million in funding for local domestic violence programs to provide support to colleges and universities that the recent Enough Is Enough campus policy mandates for stalking and domestic violence services (to compliment the $4.5 million already provided in support for rape crisis programs for sexual assault prevention).

If {Senator / Assemblymember Name} has any questions or would like more information, I can be reached at {phone number}, or they can contact Connie Neal, Executive Director at the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 518-482-5465.

Thank you for your time, and have a great day.

[1] National Network to End Domestic Violence (2015) Domestic Violence Counts – DRAFT New York Summary.

[2] Delisi, Kosloski, Sween, et. al. 2010. Murder by Numbers: Monetary Costs Imposed by a Sample of Homicide Offenders. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology. 21(4). P 501-503.