Each year in April, domestic violence survivors, advocates, program directors and other allies join forces at NYSCADV's Legislative Awareness Day to educate their state representatives about important issues affecting survivors and service providers. The annual Legislative Advocacy Days (LADs) are themed around NYSCADV's annual policy agendas, which are developed through our work with the NYSCADV Legislative Committee, membership, survivors, statewide stakeholders and community professionals. The Legislative Committee is a key conduit of information and input between member programs, allies, related experts and the NYSCADV Policy Program. The Legislative Committee provides vision and guidance, as well as time and talent toward the implementation of NYSCADV’s legislative agenda and strategy.

Millions of New Yorkers are impacted by domestic violence - in fact, New York State has the  highest demand for domestic violence services in the country. Our state must respond with solutions that meet the diverse needs of survivors and their families, and that cover a broad range of issues including language access, economic security, housing stability, and the criminal justice response.

As a statewide coalition representing domestic violence programs and the survivors they serve, NYSCADV knows that the best legislation comes when the voices of survivors and advocates are heard. And this is what NYSCADV's annual legislative advocacy day is for: to convey a unified message to our state government that will increase access, safety and empowerment for survivors of domestic violence.

On May 3rd, join a vibrant, diverse and innovative group of advocates from across New York State to raise our voices and relay a unified message to the legislature and governor: it's time to pass meaningful legislation to protect survivors of domestic violence in New York State!

Click here for more information and to register for Legislative Advocacy Day 2015!