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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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advocates and legislators can end domestic violence. Every day we inspire, inform and

connect all of those working on this issue, because together we're stronger.

Federal Update
VAWA Reauthorization -- Action Needed!VAWA

On Friday, February 22, Republican House leadership introduced a bill to reauthorize VAWA (a substitute to the bipartisan Senate Bill 47).  This bill fails to adequately support victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and it leaves out a number of critical provisions that are needed to ensure that victims have access to much-needed services and support.  


The House may vote on their bill as early as this Wednesday, February 27th.  The Partnership stands with NNEDV and other organizations in urging members of Congress to vote against this bill as it currently stands.


Call the Capitol switchboard at 888.269.5702 and ask the operator to connect you to your Representative. Tell your Representative that this bill does not adequately serve all victims nor effectively meet their needs, and therefore you urge him/her to vote against the bill in its current form. You can look up your House Member here. 

California Update
AB 139 (Holden): DV Fee Bill -- Action Needed! AB139

The Partnership's priority DV Fee bill will be heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on March 12th. In advance of the hearing we encourage all members to submit support letters using the template here. Letters are due by Tuesday, March 5th and should be faxed to the Assembly Public Safety AND the Partnership.


Committee FAX: (916) 319-3745  

Partnership FAX: (916) 444-7165

Priority Bill IntroductionsPriorityBillIntro

As of Friday, all three of the Partnership's priority bills have been officially introduced.

  • AB 16, by Speaker Perez, seeks to close the current loopholes in the felony domestic violence statute.
  • AB 139, by Assemblymember Holden, will address the audit findings related to the DV Probationer Fee.
  • SB 612, by Senator Leno, will expand the permitted documentation for survivors' early lease terminations. 
Statewide Week of AdvocacyWeekofAdvocacy

Join the Partnership for an informative webinar 

on March 5th and March 13th to hear directly from local domestic violence advocate, Krystle Contreras from Family Crisis Center, as she discusses her organization's recent successful shelter visit with Congressman Kevin McCarthy.   

Time will be provided for participants to ask questions and share their useful tips and tricks.  With just a few weeks to go before our Statewide Week of Advocacy, this is the perfect time to join and make sure you have all the tools you need for successful in-district meetings!  


Register for a Webinar!





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