Welcome to The Resolve email series from the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). In this series, we will be updating you about how your actions directly influence what happens on Capitol Hill. Your actions help to create a safer world for survivors.
Record Funding Secured for Domestic Violence Programs
At the end of 2019, both the House and Senate passed spending bills that were signed by the President to fund the government through federal fiscal year 2020 (October 2019-September 2020). Your Members of Congress - who heard the need from all of you - ensured that we have record funding for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), as well as continued funding for housing for survivors.
PAWS for Pet Safety
One of the many barriers a survivor may face when fleeing abuse is the concern for the safety of their pets. We are delighted that $2 million was allocated to the Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act to support the capability of domestic violence shelters and communities to house survivors’ companion animals. These funds are a significant step towards serving survivors holistically.
Our 2020 Agenda
NNEDV has a bold 2020 legislative agenda that will advance survivors’ access to safety and justice. Our federal policy priorities include:
A Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) bill that meets the needs of survivors;
An expanded Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) that bolsters existing programs, invests in prevention, and reaches additional communities;
Increased investments in federal programs that save lives and money, like VAWA, FVPSA, and the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act; and
Economic justice policies, including workplace and housing protections that help to support survivors and rebuild lives.
Learn more about our priorities and watch for additional updates and action alerts from NNEDV soon. Your support ensures that we can continue to push for improved policies that increase protections for survivors and increase funding to support domestic violence service providers.
Thank you for your advocacy.
For safety and peace,
Deborah J. Vagins NNEDV President and CEO
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