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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.

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 NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE

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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 Governor/ 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 budget related issues for the {GOVERNOR/SENATOR/ASSEMBLYMEMBER}.

{REINTRODUCE YOURSELF TO THE STAFFER}.

Today is the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Budget Advocacy Day and along with other domestic violence advocates all over the state, I am calling you 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 2016 New York State Domestic Violence Census[1] numbers are staggering. For the second consecutive year, 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, 6,868 victims were served, of which 2,761 received non-residential services;
  • 1,390 requests for services went unmet because of critical funding and staffing shortages – an increase of 45% in one year;
  • Nearly 200 staff positions were reduced or eliminated in 2015 and 2016[2], most of which were direct service advocates.

Given these troubling numbers, we ask that you prioritize the following in the final budget:

1)     Address 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)     This year’s executive budget proposal intends to move $27 million in federal Title XX funds away from domestic violence and adult protective services, by mandating these funds be used for child care programs. It is equally important to fund child care services. However, this should not be done on the backs of programs that provide domestic violence and adult protective services. We cannot afford for a single penny to be diverted away from programs that provide life-saving services.

3)     Create a primary prevention funding stream for domestic violence services in New York by establishing a $17.25 million fund in the 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 over $17.25 million - we request funds at this level to demonstrate New York State’s commitment to preventing domestic violence homicides in the coming years[3].

4)     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.

5)     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/SENATOR/ASSEMBLYMEMBER} has any questions or would like more information, I can be reached at {PHONE NUMBER}, or you can contact Saima Anjam, Director of Public Policy at the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 518-482-5465. Thank you for your time!

 

[1] National Network to End Domestic Violence (2016) Domestic Violence Counts – DRAFT New York Summary.

[2] National Network to End Domestic Violence, 2015 Domestic Violence Counts: A 24-Hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services DV Counts

[3] 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.