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The Next Steps to Ending Domestic Violence: 100 Day and Ongoing Recommendations for the Biden-Harris Transition Team

November 30, 2020

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) has been a leading national voice for domestic violence survivors and their advocates for thirty years. NNEDV represents the 56 state and U.S. territory coalitions to end domestic violence, who in turn represent nearly 2,000 local domestic violence programs nationwide, and the millions of victims they serve every day.

As an author of the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in 1994, President-elect Biden has a legacy of over 25 years moving the country forward on issues of domestic violence. To build on the lessons learned over the past two decades and to make real strides in reducing gender-based violence during this challenging time, the Biden-Harris Administration must use a government-wide, coordinated strategy to:

  • Center the needs of historically marginalized survivors by supporting funding and policies that reduce barriers to safety and justice for survivors who face past or ongoing oppression and systemic discrimination. Reform systems that disproportionately harm Communities of Color, including the criminal justice and child welfare systems.
  • Prepare and respond to survivors’ needs amid the pandemic and natural disasters by calling upon FEMA, the Treasury Department, and Congress to address domestic and sexual violence during crises.
  • Scale up prevention strategies to reach every community by providing resources to state, territorial, and tribal coalitions, and culturally specific organizations.  
  • Invest in strategies that prevent and end gender-based violence by greatly expanding funding for shelter and services, housing, culturally specific services, and legal services.
  • Address survivors’ housing needs by strengthening protections and survivor-specific resources, particularly rental assistance and flexible financial support.
  • Promote financial security and economic justice policies for survivors by increasing access to federal benefits and living wage jobs, providing survivor-specific employment protections.

Read our recommendations in detail here