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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. 

S386/A1763 (Weinberg/Munoz)Mandates domestic violence training for municipal prosecutors.

S382/A1769 (Weinberg/Munoz)- requires uniform response procedures for domestic violence crisis teams  

S383/A1772 (Weinberg/Munoz) establishes standards for BIPs in DV cases.  

S387/A1771 (Weinberg/Munoz) Seeks to expand services for children who have experienced domestic violence statewide.

S1146/A1078 (Ruiz/Speight)– Requires domestic violence orders to be issued in other languages in addition to English under certain circumstances.

S3112/A4920 (Gopal/Downey)– Requires obstetrical providers to conduct domestic violence screening, and for all health providers to protect a victim’s records from their perpetrator. 

SJR36/AJR30 (Cruz-Perez/Murphy) Establishes a “NJ Domestic Violence Legal Access Task Force.”

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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