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NNEDV Update on Federal Funding (03/25/2020)

Federal funding update, as of March 25, 2020, provided by National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

Please see below for a breaking news update on the COVID 3 stimulus package—no action steps at this precise moment - but we will likely ask you to contact your Senators and Representatives once the bill passes to set us up for success in the next stimulus package.

The Senate has released its negotiated COVID 3 stimulus package, S. 3548 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, today with significant improvements to address the needs of the most vulnerable among us. While some funds were included for domestic violence programs, significant gaps still remain to meet needs of programs, advocates, and survivors - and no specific sexual assault funding was included.

The Senate will vote on the package today and the House will likely pass by unanimous consent tomorrow. At this point, we need to pivot our attention to the next federal stimulus package—COVID 4—and administrative advocacy, technical assistance, and implementation.

Domestic Violence Specific Resources Included in the Final Package

  • $45 million for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, with a match waiver
  • $2 million for the National Domestic Violence Hotline

The Good

  • Unemployment insurance provisions are expanded
  • Serious investment in housing and homelessness including Emergency Solutions grants
  • Direct payments to individuals - $1,200 for adults and $600 for children who filed taxes last year and meet the income requirements
  • Small business loans that can help nonprofits in these challenging times with no exemption for nonprofits under 500 employees who receive Medicaid
  • Additional SNAP, Child Nutrition program, and Emergency food assistance program appropriations
  • Funding for Legal Services Corporation
  • Increase in Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Childcare Development Block Grant
  • Additional Appropriations for Runaway and Homeless Youth

The Gaps – Resources

  • $100 million for the Sexual Assault Services Program (VAWA DOJ)*
  • $55 million additional for FVPSA*
  • $100 million for the STOP Formula Grant Program (VAWA DOJ)*
  • $25 million for transitional housing (VAWA DOJ)*
  • $25 million for rural programs (VAWA DOJ)*
  • $25 million for Legal Assistance to Victims (VAWA DOJ)*
  • $25 million to support families in the justice system (VAWA DOJ)*
  • Other VAWA programs not included in House bill like Culturally Specific and Outreach to Underserved grant programs

*included in the House March 23rd counterproposal (H.R. 6379 – Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act)

The Gaps – Policies

  • Match waivers for VAWA (DOJ) and VOCA Crime Victims Fund (DOJ)
  • Specific language to ensure DV programs have access to HUD funding
  • Immigrant access to healthcare
  • Paid sick leave
  • Other issues which may emerge

Next steps

We will continue to share messaging and strategy to ensure that we are set up for implementation, and the next stimulus package. We will likely email you once the package is passed in the House and the Senate will an action step!

Your advocacy helped secure these initial funds—we are incredibly grateful for your efforts! Thank you all for your relentless advocacy on behalf of survivors.


Our Impact in 2019

January 1-December 31
  • The Allstate Foundation grant helps us create safety and security for domestic violence survivors through financial empowerment.

  • At Amethyst Center for Healing we are dedicated to helping individuals, families, and communities recover from trauma and abuse, so that we may all live peaceful, empowered lives.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • Safe Harbor, a non-profit organization, provides shelter, supportive services and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as education, awareness and resources to our community.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Preserve the heritage. Enhance the wellbeing. Strengthen the future of the People.

  • Our Mission: To help families of homicide victims receive hope, justice, and healing.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

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