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Legislative Priorities

The following issues have been set as national legislative priorities for the NCADV. For more information, click on the topics and supporting documentation, or call the Public Policy office at (202) 745-1211.

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Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA)

Other FY 2009 Appropriations (VAWA & VOCA)

International Violence Against Women Act

Legislative Action Day†(July 22, 2008)

The FY 2009 Appropriations Briefing Book is now available!

Prior Priorities


FY 2008 Appropriations (VAWA, FVPSA & VOCA)

Bills from the 110th Congress

Sexual Assault Appropriations

International Violence Against Women Act

FY 2007 Funding Authorizations and Appropriations for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs (VAWA & VOCA)


Immigration Bill Threatens Protections

Update - September 2006 Action Alert

Background on Clear Act - Sign On Letter

Federal Anti Gay Marriage Amendment Threatens Domestic Violence Victims


Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

Go to NCADV's VAWA Advocates' Action Guide

VAWA 2005 Website

VAWA 2005 Reauthorization Fact Sheet

Overview of VAWA from the past 10 years

Download a Sample Letter to Congress supporting VAWA Reauthorization


Immigrant Victims of Violence Protection Act of 2005 HR 3188

Introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and 77 original co-sponsors

Click here for Rep. Schakowsky's press release

Click here for bill text

Click here for bill summary, status and co-sponsors


Security and Financial Empowerment Act (for victims of domestic & sexual violence) HR 3185

Introduced by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA)

Click here for Rep. Roybal-Allard's press release

Click here for bill text

Click here for bill summary, status and co-sponsors


Congress introduces "SHIELD Act" to Protect Domestic Violence Victims from HUD's Housing Management Information System Requirements.

Bill Text at Thomas.loc.gov

SHIELD ACT Summary and Bill Status

Reps. Moore and Harris' and Dear Colleague Letter

SHIELD Act Action Alert, June 2005


In July 2003 the Department of Housing and Urban Development released the Final Standards for the Homeless Management Information System. These standards affect the way that battered women shelters, who receive HUD funding, report confidential information to the national HMIS database. NCADV worked closely with NNEDV and other groups to revise the standards to protect the confidentiality of battered women seeking services.

HMIS Final Standards

HMIS Action Alert, September 2004

NCADV letter to President Bush and Secretary Jackson

Local program sample letter to Secretary Jackson

HUD Clarifications Fact Sheet from NNEDV

A Domestic Violence Advocacy Guide to the Final HMIS Standards



Administration Requests Recission of Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fund

The President's budget would set the VOCA cap at $650 million in FY 2006 and rescind the entire balance of the VOCA Fund and put that money into the general fund. This means that in the year 2007 there would be $0 VOCA dollars available to reimburse state agencies, local programs and crime victims.

Call your Members of Congress and tell them to save the VOCA balance! †Click here to download a Sample Letter to your Member of Congress supporting VOCA.

For more information on the status of VOCA funds please visit the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (www.navaa.org).


2006 Federal Appropriations for VAWA, VOCA and FVPSA Programs

The NCADV Public Policy office worked closely with Members of Congress and other national organizations to advocate for full funding for violence against women programs such as VOCA, FVPSA and VAWA for 2006. Since 2001, these programs have not been funded at their authorized levels. Please click on the links below to get more information on the current status of appropriations bills as well as how you can take action:

FY 2006 Appropriations Briefing Book

Fact Sheet on FY 2006 Appropriations

Talking Points on FY 2006 Appropriations

Sample Letter to Congress for Local DV Programs

Find your Member of Congress Here!


2005 Federal Appropriations

NCADV worked closely with Members of Congress to advocate for increased funding for violence against women programs such as VOCA, FVPSA and VAWA funding. Please click on the links to get more information and details on appropriations and NCADVís activities on this bill:

Action Alert

Funding Chart

2005 Appropriations Sample Letter for Local Programs

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