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Issues & Advocacy

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 for a special virtual briefing 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.

This past Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we honored and centered survivors in the workplace, and explored why economic justice is survivor justice. Economic Justice is evergreen, so check out this page to learn how to create a safer workplace for everyone including survivors beyond DVAM.

The events of 2020 have brought pain and hardship to almost everyone living in the United States.

By addressing the systemic and social inequalities that contribute to unequal health outcomes — such as racism, homophobia and transphobia, poverty, immigration status, and sexism, the COVID-19 response can be truly transformational for families in the margins and people experiencing adversity.

Child Care is essential service and a domestic violence issue.

Child care is one of the biggest costs for families. Affordable and quality child care is an essential service that helps families keep their kids safe, and allows parents to pursue education and employment opportunities.

The expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC) included in the American Rescue plan has already had a dramatic impact in reducing child poverty in the United States. The CTC has also quickly become a means for mothers who are victims of domestic violence or at risk of losing their children to the child welfare system to find economic stability, thereby increasing the likelihood they could live independently and safely with their children.

Immigrant Survivors of Gender-based Violence Deserve Safety and Dignity
For more than two decades FUTURES has fought to ensure that immigrant victims of gender-based violence who make it to the United States can find safety and are given a fair chance to apply for asylum.

Domestic Violence Survivors and Policymakers Co-designing Child Welfare Practices and Policies
People of color who live the problems we aim to solve have the most important information and the most unobstructed point of view.