For thirty years, NNEDV’s Public Policy team has been at the forefront of advocacy, ensuring that the voices of survivors(and the advocates, programs, and coalitions that support them) are heard in the halls of Congress. Our team honors the goals and aspirations of generations of policy-minded advocates who have brought us this far, and the vision of the work yet to happen.
From coming together to write the landmark Violence Against Women Act(VAWA), to incorporating life-saving support for underserved communities through the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act(FVPSA), to ensuring that the Victims of Crime Act(VOCA) Fund can support services to more than six million crime victims each year—not to mention advising on policy related to housing, economic justice, technology, natural disasters, and anything else that impacts survivors—our team knows just how critical it is that the needs of survivors are understood, amplified, and codified.
These and other pieces of legislation have made significant progress toward supporting survivors and holding abusers accountable. They build the framework for the world toward which we are all striving: a world without violence. Especially as we prepare to welcome the incoming Biden-Harris administration, we encourage them to leverage this legacy and use a government-wide, coordinated strategy to address gender-based violence through:
Centering the needs of historically marginalized survivors;
Preparing and responding to survivors’ needs amid the pandemic and natural disasters;
Scaling up prevention strategies to reach every community;
Investing in strategies that prevent and end gender-based violence;
Addressing survivors’ housing needs; and
Promoting financial security and economic justice policies for survivors.
“For decades, advocates and policymakers have dared to dream about the way things could be. These stories propel us toward solutions for a survivor-centered world at the local, state, and federal levels.”
We’re as committed as ever to ensuring that ending domestic violence remains on the national agenda. Will you join us?