ValorUS and the Partnership are proud to announce that the Assembly and Senate budget committees have approved a budget deal which includes $15 million for domestic & sexual violence prevention and $100M in one-time funding for victim services to backfill looming federal cuts to victim services programs.
This major victory is a testament to the years of effectiveness, success and collective power our coalitions have built and sustained. Working together, in solidarity and support of one another, has been critical to arriving at this moment, and we’ve never been prouder to work as a team on behalf of survivors, preventionists, advocates, and the entire field of sexual assault and domestic violence service providers. We are especially proud of our teams for securing the inclusion of prevention funding—the largest amount ever allocated in our state’s history! We could not have done this without the collective power of our members, and we want to thank everyone who made calls, joined legislative meetings, and sent emails or tweets—this victory belongs to all of us!
The budget isn’t final yet, however. We still need the full Senate and Assembly to vote on this budget, and the Governor to sign it. Critically, our work will continue to ensure prevention funding is included ongoing, rather than just one-time. Please see our statement