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FAXABLE LETTERS FOR BUDGET ADVOCACY DAY

You can use the template letters below to create your fax to Governor Cuomo and your New York State Legislators.

 

GOVERNOR CUOMO

You can fax the Governor's Office at 518-457-3087.

The sample letter is available below, or you can download a copy: Sample Letter To Governor Cuomo

February 13, 2017

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Re: New York State Budget FY ’17-‘18

Dear Governor Cuomo,

Today is the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s Budget Advocacy Day and I’m joining with other domestic violence advocates all over the state contacting our representatives to share a number of our concerns regarding the New York State budget. I am writing on behalf of {NAME OF ORGANIZATION} and the {NUMBER} of victims of domestic violence that we serve each year. 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. New York State has the highest demand for domestic violence services in the country, for the second consecutive year. 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, most of which were direct service advocates, were reduced or eliminated in 2015 and 2016[2]
  • In light of these troubling numbers, we ask that you ensure the following items are prioritized in the final budget:

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

a.      Providing $6 million in TANF funding for non-residential domestic violence services; and

b.      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 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[3].

4. Stabilize 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.

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).

We urge both you and the Legislature to continue your commitment to victims of domestic violence by incorporating these changes into the final state budget. Our statewide membership organization, the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV), can provide more information regarding these positions and provide suggestions for resolution - you can contact Connie Neal, Executive Director, at 518-482-5465 x208 or cneal@nyscadv.org.

Sincerely,

{NAME}

{TITLE}

 

[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.

 

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 NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE

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You may use the sample letter below download a copy here: Sample Letter To New York State Legislators 

February 13, 2017

The Honorable {Legislator’s full name}
{Building / Street}
Albany, NY {ZIP}

Re: New York State Budget FY ’17-‘18

Dear {ASSEMBLY MEMBER/SENATOR + LAST NAME},

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 contacting our representatives to share a number of important issues regarding the New York State budget. I am writing on behalf of {NAME OF ORGANIZATION} and the {NUMBER} of victims of domestic violence that we serve each year. 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 2016 New York State Domestic Violence Census[1] numbers are staggering. New York State has the highest demand for domestic violence services in the country, for the second consecutive year. 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, most of which were direct service advocates, were reduced or eliminated in 2015 and 2016[2]

 

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

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

a.      Providing $6 million in TANF funding for non-residential domestic violence services; and

b.      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 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[3].

4. Stabilize 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.

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).

We urge both the Legislature and the Governor to continue your commitment to victims of domestic violence by incorporating these changes into the final state budget. Our statewide membership organization, the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV), can provide more information regarding these positions and provide suggestions for resolution - you can contact Saima Anjam, Director of Public Policy, at 518-482-5465 or SAnjam@nyscadv.org.

Sincerely,

{NAME}

{TITLE}

 

[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.