Virtual Legislative Day of Action
On May 11, 2021, domestic violence survivors, advocates, community members and allies will join together for NYSCADV’s Virtual Legislative Day of Action (VLDA)!
Together, we will advocate for the needs of New Yorkers experiencing domestic violence by communicating with state legislators and using social media to promote policies that invest in domestic violence programs and enhance services for survivors and their families.
The day will begin with a morning program where several legislative leaders will offer remarks about their work to improve the quality of life for DV survivors across the State. Don’t worry if you can’t watch it live. The program will be available later that day on NYSCADV’s Facebook Page.
New York Must Restructure Services to be More Responsive to DV Survivors
Domestic violence is impacting more New Yorkers than ever before. According to the annual DV Counts survey conducted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence, on just one day in New York in 2020, more than 8,300 victims of DV received services – 2,500 more victims than the year prior. In fact, for five out of the last six years, New York State has had the highest demand for DV services in the country, despite not being the most populated state. What’s worse, on that same day in 2020, nearly 2,000 DV survivors did not get the services they requested – more than double the number of unmet requests from the year prior.
New York’s DV service delivery system – an antiquated, non-survivor-centered model that prioritizes emergency shelter over other services – clearly is not working. Help NYSCADV spread the word that DV survivors and their families need New York State to act now. We must re-structure funding to support DV survivors’ individual needs, and we need to broaden the range of services and options available to them. Rather than basing funding on the number of DV survivors who access emergency shelter, New York’s system should integrate funding for residential and non-residential DV services to ensure DV survivors are able to access a variety of services and programs. And we must streamline and simplify funding program requirements to reduce the administrative burdens on DV service providers. This will enable more resources to be used to help those in need.
Click on the below links to download interactive toolkit and materials.