Valor and the Partnership are proud to announce that Governor Newsom has signed into law the Fiscal Year 2021-22 state budget, which includes $15 million for domestic & sexual violence prevention and $100 million in one-time funding for victim services to backfill looming federal cuts to victim services programs.
We’ve said it before, and it bears repeating: this major victory is a testament to the years of fearless, effective, and successful advocacy
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!
We look forward to working with Cal OES on implementation of this funding, and especially the structure for distributing the new prevention funding.
We remain committed to securing ongoing prevention funding, and will begin discussions with the administration and legislature early in the process for the FY 22-23 budget. Additionally, we are clear that the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding crisis has not been resolved, although this year’s investment prevents any cuts for a significant period of time. We continue to focus considerable energy on securing the needed federal fixes to this funding source, and will stay engaged with the state budget stakeholders should additional state intervention be needed.
Thank you all for taking action during this budget process!