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Action Needed to Protect Funding for Domestic Violence Programs and Services!


Last year’s budget reduced available funding from the Office of Victim Services by a staggering 25% and one-time Recovery Act funding did little more than mask a gaping hole in local funding for these life-saving services. The funding shortfall has forced local programs to drastically reduce—and in some cases nearly eliminate—services that help ensure the safety of thousands of victims and survivors. (more…)


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By: Rebecca O’Connor, Policy Director

DCCADV’s Policy Department hit the ground running in 2010, working to advance an ambitious policy agenda and responding to legislation filed by the D.C. Council and Mayor Fenty’s Administration.  In addition to securing funding for core services in the District, we are also working to address discrimination by employers and insurers against victims and survivors.

Recently, Councilmember Muriel Bowser introduced the Healthcare Justice for Victims of Domestic Violence Reform Act of 2010, which amends the D.C. Code to prohibit insurers from discriminating against victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.  The District is one of only a handful of jurisdictions that remains without this protection. This legislation reflects of recommendations that the Coalition provided to Mayor Fenty’s Administration. The Coalition will offer testimony in support of the legislation March 24th. (more…)

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