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AJR-31 Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.(2015-2016)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 30, 2016

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2015–2016 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 31


Introduced by Assembly Member Roger Hernández

February 18, 2016


Relative to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AJR 31, as amended, Roger Hernández. Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.
This measure would call upon the Congress of the United States to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act. Act at an increased level of funding.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, Native women experience domestic violence and sexual assault at epidemic rates. American Indians and Alaska Natives are 2.5 times as likely to experience violent crimes, and at least two times more likely to experience rape or sexual assault crimes, compared to all other races; and
WHEREAS, Thirty-four percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women will be raped in their lifetimes and 39 percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women will be subjected to violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime; and
WHEREAS, The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act continues to be the federal government’s only funding source dedicated to supporting lifesaving services provided by domestic violence programs and shelters; and
WHEREAS, While some Family Violence Prevention and Services Act funding stream set-asides are for tribes, most are allocated to state governments, some federal territories, and state and federal territorial domestic violence coalitions. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act excludes tribal domestic violence coalitions entirely; and
WHEREAS, It is important for tribal coalitions to have equal access to Family Violence Prevention and Services Act fund stream set-asides. Tribal coalitions across the country are grassroot initiatives and they understand the inner circles of providing services to victims in their tribal communities. The purpose of tribal coalitions is to enhance the capacity of survivors, advocates, Indian women’s organizations, and victim services providers to form nonprofit, nongovernmental tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalitions to advance the goal of ending violence against American Indian and Alaskan Native women; and
WHEREAS, Increasing the overall funding of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act support to in order to allow increased support to Native American tribes and allowing in order to allow tribal coalitions access to Family Violence Prevention and Services Act funds will help to focus on public awareness and prevention of family violence, services for domestic violence victims and their children, and training and resources for tribally based programs and agencies that address these issues; and
WHEREAS, The overarching goal of tribal coalitions is to increase dedication to improving systemic and community responses to victims and to raise awareness, educate, and provide technical assistance, training, and supportive services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sex trafficking, including cultural and unique barriers facing Native American women; and
WHEREAS, The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act’s reauthorization at a higher level of funding will allow communities across the country to continue to provide critically needed direct services to victims of domestic violence and their children. The reauthorization will also improve the delivery and access of services to meet a broad range of diverse needs for tribes; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, jointly, That the Legislature calls upon the Congress of the United States to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act; Act at a higher level of funding; and be it further
Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and to each Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the United States.