GCADV advocates for improvements in those systems which respond to domestic violence victims and offenders. GCADV does this by engaging in legislative and public policy advocacy within the Georgia General Assembly, with domestic violence services funders, and with other policy-making bodies to ensure that the interests and rights of domestic violence survivors are protected and upheld. GCADV also works extensively with its member programs to engage them in legislative and public policy advocacy on issues that affect domestic violence survivors and their children.
Get Involved! Read our latest Public Policy Alerts and take action!!
Federal-level public policy work
Find your members of Congress HERE
While the state legislative session is over, the 113th Congress is in full swing! There are several policy issues being decided which directly affect survivors of domestic violence and their children. Please take time to contact your members of Congress with the following messages:
- Replace sequestration with a plan that addresses the needs of our nation’s most vulnerable.
- Fund targeted investments in Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) funds, specifically the STOP program at $205 million.
- Release additional funds from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund and prioritize state victim assistance grants.
- Fund targeted investments for Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) funds ($140 million) and related key programs at HHS.
- Pass common sense gun safety measures that keep guns out of the hands of abusers through background checks for all gun sales and improved utilization of the National Instant Criminal Background Checks system.
- Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reforms that help vulnerable immigrant victims escape violence and abuse.
- Priority principles to address violence against women in Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
- Oppose the SAFE Act (HR 2278), which would will have a chilling effect on victim help-seeking because it calls for local implementation of immigration laws and increased enforcement action.
State-level public policy work
Find your state legislators HERE.
Recent legislative accomplishments include the passage and signing into law of House Bill 711 and Senate Bill 86. Click HERE and HERE for photos from the signing ceremonies with the Governor.
Check out our legislative agenda and photos from the 2013 Stop Violence Against Women Day
Click HERE to access our Legislative Reports for the latest news on what’s going on at the Georgia State Capitol. ***updated for 2013 legislative session***
How a Bill is Passed in the Georgia Legislature
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about legislative advocacy
For statistics on services provided by Georgia’s state-certified domestic violence and sexual assault programs in 2012, click here.
WEBINAR: The Advocate’s Role in Influencing Legislation in the 2012 Session
Sign up to receive GCADV’s public policy alerts and other news via email by entering your email address in the form to the right.