PUBLIC POLICY & LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

PUBLIC POLICY & LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY

PROMOTE JUSTICE. PROTECT RIGHTS. PREVENT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

The New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) monitors and provides input, guidance and leadership in policy and legislative matters affecting victims of domestic violence and their children throughout New York State. NYSCADV educates, trains and advises members and other advocates on legislative and policy changes and processes, and encourages our members to communicate with their legislators. NYSCADV also provides input to various agency policies related to survivors and domestic violence programs, as well as participates on committees and work groups that address a variety of social justice issues.

We are informed by our 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.

NYSCADV hosts two public policy advocacy days each year designed to bring together the domestic violence services community to advocate for funding and policy initiatives to better New York's response to domestic violence: Budget Advocacy Day and Legislative Advocacy Day. 

NYSCADV 2017 STATE BUDGET PRIORITIES

Prioritize Meaningful Investment In Critically Underfunded Domestic Violence Services

The needs of victims of domestic violence in New York are significant, we must affirm our collective commitment to ending domestic violence by investing in these vital programs. No one asking for shelter or other domestic violence services should ever be turned away for lack of resources. Quite simply, if we are not able to reach this goal, preventable tragedies that are happening across our state will continue.

The preliminary 2016 New York Domestic Violence Census [1]  numbers are staggering. On the day of the 2016 Census 100% of domestic violence programs in our state participated.  For the second consecutive year, New York State is #1 in the country regarding reported demand for domestic violence services. Here are just a few of the numbers:

  •  In 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, most of which were direct service advocates. [2]

In light of these staggering statistics, we ask that the Governor and Legislature provide significant investments in domestic violence services in the FY 2017-2018 New York State budget as follows:

  • Address long standing gaps in operational funding as a result of flat or reduced state investment by:
  1. Providing $6 million in TANF funding for non-residential domestic violence services; and
  2.  Providing at least a 3% increase in the domestic violence shelter per diem rate.
  • 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 domestic violence programs that provide life-saving services.
  • Create a primary prevention funding stream for domestic violence services in New York by establishing a $17.25 million fund that will bedispersed 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 the far-reaching tragedies of domestic violence homicides in the coming years [3].
  • 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.
  • 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, dating violence, and domestic violence services (to compliment the $4.5 million already provided in support for rape crisis programs for sexual assault initiatives).

[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.

2017 LEGISLATIVE MEMOS & LETTERS OF SUPPORT & OPPOSITION

We encourage lawmakers to support the following bills, which will go far in providing vital protections for victims of domestic violence in your district:

We ask that lawmakers oppose the following bills, which have dangerous unintended consequences for survivors of domestic violence:

NYSCADV Opposes Violent Offender Registries:*

*This year’s New York State legislative session has brought about renewed debate regarding domestic violence offender registries. In conjunction with these discussions, we are publishing our position statement: “Shifting the Focus From Domestic Violence Registries to Domestic Violence Prevention.”This statement is intended to provide an overview of the unintended consequences of domestic violence offender registries, and urge a collective shift toward preventing domestic violence before it occurs. Also, please see the National Network To End Domestic Violence's Statement of Concern.