Together, we can end relationship abuse in Minnesota
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Are you concerned that someone you care about
might be experiencing abuse?
Or, do you want to address someone's abusive behavior?
Policy is participatory
When many people share their experiences and talk about what we need to achieve violence free communities and state, we can create meaningful change in Minnesota. The policy issues that impact victim/survivors and the programs that work to end relationship abuse are far-reaching. Violence Free Minnesota is committed to making sure our elected officials at the state and federal levels understand the needs of victim/survivors and their families.
Make A Difference
Contact your Representatives
The House of Representatives is finalizing its next COVID-19 relief package. It is critical that this package meets the needs of victims, survivors, and everyday people. And we need your help. Your Members of Congress need to hear from you NOW, while negotiations for the phase four package are underway. Your Senators and Representative both need to hear from you, but if you can only contact one person, right now, the priority is the House of Representatives.
The next COVID package must:
Increase funding for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) by $100 million;
Increase the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Sexual Assault Services Program by $100 million;
Increase VAWA formula grants to states and other grants by $275 million to provide targeted and specialized services;
Increase Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care Domestic Violence Bonus Fund by $100 million and fund Violence Against Women Act Housing Vouchers;
Amend the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) to increase deposits into the Crime Victims Fund and waive matching fund requirements for VOCA grantees;
Ensure immigrant survivors have access to health, safety, and economic stability by expanding benefits to include all survivors regardless of status; and
Provide specific avenues for survivors to access unemployment insurance and paid leave when they have to leave jobs due to abuse.