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Policy

With advocates and survivors across the state and country, NJCEDV advocates for state and federal policies that increase access to services and safety for all survivors and communities.

Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) State Budget

Contact your state legislators today! Urge them to support a legislative add-on of $3M for  domestic violence services in the FY22 State Budget. Without the state’s support, programs will not be able to provide life-saving services to survivors and their children. 

NJCEDV and domestic violence providers in each of the 21 counties are partially funded through allocations made in the annual state budget to the Department of Children and Families’ Division on Women (DOW)

    • The pandemic has had a dire impact on survivors of domestic violence.
    • COVID-19 never stopped advocates from serving survivors and communities.
    • Programs responded to a 40-70% increase in requests for help in the last quarter of 2020, when compared to 2019.
    • Culturally specific organizations, who provide linguistically and culturally necessary services, were critical throughout this crisis. Yet, they currently receive no state funding for domestic violence services.
    • While needs are increasing, programs are facing a 30% decrease in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding in the coming fiscal year.

Do you have a story to share? Are you interested in helping to inform domestic violence policy? 

NJCEDV welcomes, and encourages, survivors to participate in the legislative process. There are many opportunities to help inform legislators about domestic violence, and the impact that laws have on survivors and communities. Your voice can help center the needs of survivors and build stronger policies in our work to end domestic violence in NJ.

Please complete this form, and someone from NJCEDV’s Policy Team will be in touch with you. 

NJ 2020-2021 Legislative Session

Watch this recent webinar, Legislative Advocacy, to learn more about the legislative process and how you can help influence domestic violence policy in New Jersey. 

Contact nmorella@njcedv.org for more information on these and other pieces of legislation NJCEDV is tracking. 

Bills Signed into Law from the 2020-2021 Legislative session 
  • S384/A1964 – Expands training for judges, law enforcement officers, and assistant county prosecutors concerning the handling of domestic violence cases
  • S386/A1763 – Establishes mandatory domestic violence training for municipal prosecutors
  • Historic Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, (S49/A6260) which codifies the constitutional right to freedom of reproductive choice in New Jersey and bill S413/ A4698, which expands the contraception coverage required under private insurance and Medicaid from a 6-month supply to a 12-month supply.

These laws expand and protect reproductive freedom in New Jersey at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to limit or overturn the ruling in Roe v. Wade. With this legislation, if Roe v. Wade were overturned, the right to reproductive choice would be protected in New Jersey.

  • A3687/S3105 into law which requires certain family  or household members and victims to be notified when firearms are returned to persons charged with domestic violence or subject to extreme risk protection order.
  • A4785/S2953 Expands scope of inmate reentry assistance and benefits.

  • A5905/S3955 Establishes “Rental Assistance Navigation Program” in DCA.

  • A3062/S1196 Establishes three-year Financial Empowerment Pilot Program

  • A5507/S3319 Eliminates certain juvenile justice fines, fees, costs, and other monetary penalties.

Federal Legislation

NJCEDV joins the National Network to End Domestic Violence and domestic violence coalitions across the country to advocate for federal policies that help to increase access to services and safety for all survivors and communities.

Urge the Senate to pass the VOCA Fix to Sustain Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021

VOCA Fix Fact Sheet

Legal Advocacy

NJCEDV provides training and technical assistance to advocates and attorneys across NJ to help ensure survivors’ safe access to the legal process.

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