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Issues & Advocacy

President Biden released his budget on March 11 officially launching the process for Fiscal Year ‘25 appropriations. While it provides an important insight into the priorities of the White House and includes new initiatives that reflect his commitment to preventing violence and abuse, Congress has also agreed to constrain overall spending. We break down in this blog what the budget means in terms of violence prevention.

Strengthening families through economic support is smart and good public policy! When parents can meet their children’s basic needs and provide food, shelter, and medical care, while also maintaining financial security through emergencies, children are better off.

FUTURES signed on to this amicus brief co-lead by CLASP and Persyn Law & Policy for the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, the American Academy of Pediatrics, CLASP, and other children’s advocacy organizations, medical professionals, and child development experts to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the case regarding the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The Supreme Court has heard oral arguments for the case that will determine the constitutionality of restricting gun access to those with domestic violence protection orders. FUTURES, in partnership with important gun violence prevention organizations and other domestic violence prevention organizations gathered in front of the Supreme Steps to make sure our voices were heard: domestic abusers should not have guns. Full stop.

FUTURES submits comments to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on the proposed enforcement guidance, urging them to include examples of gender-based violence that survivors who are harassed at work experienced. Read our final comment here.

Read here our funding requests that advocate for important programs and initiatives within the President’s Budget and appropriations that help reduce and prevent violence against women, girls and children globally.

Gun violence poses an immediate and deadly threat for American communities, impacting everyone, particularly women and kids. Here at FUTURES, we are dedicated to preventing gun violence, and ensuring everyone has access to a safe future.

FUTURES joined victim services agencies from across the country in asking Congress to support victims services after a historic funding loss to the Crime Victims Fund. The Crime Victims Fund, created through the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), is a primary funding source for victims services across the country. Congress is proposing a cut of 40 percent to compensate for the loss of money coming into the Fund.

Futures Without Violence strongly opposes work requirements currently being discussed as part of the debt ceiling/budget negotiations because they would be particularly harmful to victims of domestic violence and children experiencing abuse and neglect. Read our statement on the issue here.

Black Maternal Health Week is a week-long campaign founded and led by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance​ to build awareness, activism, and community-building​ to amplify ​the voices, perspectives and lived experiences of Black Mamas and birthing people. The week is intentionally held during National Minority Health Month and begins on April 11th annually to join dozens of global organizations in marking this day as International Day for Maternal Health and Rights – an opportunity to advocate for the elimination of maternal mortality globally.

In March, USAID released the Safe from the Start ReVisioned.  Futures Without Violence has long advocated for a gender-transformative approach in humanitarian response that promotes women’s leadership, prioritizes support and advocacy for gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and survivor-centered response programming, and shifts funding, influence, and decision-making power to women and girls, in all their diversity, within humanitarian response systems.

This International Women’s Day, we recommit to fighting for a world free of gender-based violence. We’re fighting for a gender equal world, a world free of gender-based violence, and a world where young girls and women can speak their mind freely and safely. Read more about how we prevent violence and uplift the voices and dignities of women and girls globally.

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Violence and abuse among our youth is far too prevalent, taking place in the form of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, online harassment, stalking, and economic abuse. Join us this month to explore the prevalence of teen dating violence, the consequences, and more importantly, what we can do to prevent it from happening in the first place.

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Primary prevention is an important part of a continuum of support for children and young people because it provides upstream support that builds protective factors and mitigates risk factors before a crisis can occur. We joined Committee for Children in the All Kids Safe and Well national campaign! Our goal is to advance access to programs and services that build young people’s essential life skills as part of primary prevention and wellness promotion in a full continuum of support.