Public Policy & Media
The Action Alliance’s primary goal during the 2014 General Assembly is to increase state funding for sexual and domestic violence services in the 2014-2016 budget to close the gap between current funding and what’s needed to stabilize services.
In the past five years, the number of victims served by sexual and domestic violence agencies has increased 35%. The capacity of sexual and domestic violence agencies to meet the demand has been diminished by reductions in funding, putting the services that victims have relied on for over 30 years are in jeopardy.
For further information:
Virginia House Bill No.1.
The Action Alliance's public policy work is guided by the following overarching priorities:
1) Promote effective, culturally appropriate, accessible, and empowering services and community response for all those who have experienced sexual and domestic violence.
2) Advance efforts to prevent of sexual and domestic violence before it occurs, including education that is age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, and comprehensive.
3) Improve services and systems' response to children who have experienced, witnessed, or been exposed to the effects of sexual and domestic violence.
4) Promote systems advocacy and services that prioritize the safety, needs, and autonomy of individuals who experienced sexual and domestic violence, including the right to make their own decisions, access their choice of services, and determine the most effective way to stay safe.
5) Sustain and enhance public and private funding and resources for domestic and sexual violence prevention and response.
6) Promote sexual and domestic violence offender accountability.
The Virginia General Assembly website allows the general public to track legislation (bills) that are before the General Assembly.
Through the bill tracking tool on their website, you can read bill drafts, see which legislator(s) introduced or sponsored a bill,
and follow votes/actions taken a bill. Learn more about tracking bills here.