We are incredibly proud to announce that our collective efforts with the CaliforniaPartnership to End Domestic Violence (Partnership), our members, advocates, and allies have led to a $5 million state budget allocation to prevent sexual and domestic violence. This is a testament to all our hard work to increase awareness of prevention at the Capitol. We’ve sustained policymakers’ attention to this issue for the second year in a row—and during the transition to a new Governor. This victory is also significant because prevention funding is uncommon in state budgets throughout the nation, making California one of the only places to prioritize it in its budget. We invite you to read our statement below, and celebrate your hard work as a part of this success!
CALCASA CEO Sandra Henriquez, and Partnership Director of Programs Jacquie Marroquin responded with a joint statement:
“This funding allocation puts resources behind long-term solutions that lead to cultural shifts. This is a critical investment aimed at addressing the sexual harassment, sexual assault and domestic violence in our state. In California, 86% of women and 53% of men reported experiencing some form of sexual harassment and/or assault in their lifetime, and an estimated 1.6 million women and men experience domestic violence each year. In pockets of California, organizations committed to ending sexual and domestic violence have been successful in their proactive approaches to ending violence in their communities. This funding will expand and deepen that work all across the state…”
Read the full statement here.