Public Policy Priorities

COVID-19

Families First Coronivirus Response Act Update

There are two provisions providing paid leave to employees forced to miss work because of the COVID-19 outbreak: an emergency expansion of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which amends and expands FMLA until December 31st, 2020, and a new federal paid sick leave law that also lasts until December 31st, 2020.

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Criminal justice reform has been - and will be - a major focus area at the state legislature. Goals of criminal justice reform include: decreasing the prison population; racial and financial disparities; the length of probation sentences; and increasing successful reentry. Violence Free Minnesota supports these goals and this general approach. 

 

There are some concerns, including safety assessments; informed victim notification; and the urgent need for appropriate, well-resourced local programming and alternatives to incarceration.

 

Violence Free Minnesota’s membership shapes our legislative agenda. We work with our members and allies every year to develop an informed legislative agenda. This process incorporates the knowledge, experience, and analysis of advocates and victim/survivors across the state.  

 

2020 Legislative Priorities and Agenda

 

  • Proactive

  • Supportive

  • Monitoring

Minnesota is Safer Together

Social Media Toolkit

2020-2021 Legislative Sessions
We have created a toolkit that should assist you in using social media to spread our Minnesota is Safer Together campaign.

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Minnesota is Safer When We...

  • "Encourage people who harm to change their behavior."

    • Caption: "Without Domestic Abuse Transformation Programming, there will always be another victim."

 

 

 

 

  • "Fund Domestic Abuse Transformation Programs that prevent future violence and change the behaviors that cause it."​

  • "Rely on the knowledge and experience of survivors to guide our policies."

  • "Invest in survivors by listening to their needs and how they define safety for themselves."

  • "All have access to affordable, reliable public transportation."

    • Caption: "Lack of transportation is a barrier to safety for too many survivors in the state."

  • "Invest in transportation. If there is not transportation to reach services, it is the same as having no services available at all."

  • "Provide safe homes for survivors and their children."

    • Caption: "Relationship abuse is a leading cause of homelessness for women and their
      children. No one should have to choose between living with abuse, and being homeless."

  • "Ensure survivors have safe homes to raise their children."

    • Caption: "Relationship abuse is a leading cause of homelessness for women and their
      children. No one should have to choose between living with abuse, and being homeless."

  • "Fund domestic violence/sexual assault programs that provide critical services to survivors."

    • Caption: "No one should be turned away because a program doesn't have the funding or
      resources to provide a safe place to stay. Our elected officials are responsible for funding
      domestic violence and sexual assault programs to ensure we can live free from violence."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • "Give domestic violence/sexual assault programs enough funding to provide services to all survivors."

    • Caption: "No one should be turned away because a program doesn't have the funding or
      resources to provide a safe place to stay. Our elected officials are responsible for funding
      domestic violence and sexual assault programs to ensure we can live free from violence."

Get Out the Vote: An Advocate's Guide

An Advocate's Guide to Taking Action

Learn how your program can take action and raise get out the vote efforts in your community.

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VAWA/VOCA: Federal Funding in Jeopardy

An Advocate's Guide to Taking Action

With the anticipation that that VOCA funds could be reduced by 30%-50% within the next 2 years, this guide shows advocates how to take action, and what to say when contacting their federal legislators. 

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Tweet to your Legislators!

An Advocate's Guide to Taking Action

Twitter is a great resource to contact and converse with your legislators. The majority of state legislators have twitter account that they actively use. Find your legislator here. Find your legislator's Twitter handle from the pdf below.

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