Amended in Assembly March 30, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Joint ResolutionNo. 31

Introduced by Assembly Member Roger Hernández

February 18, 2016

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 31—Relative to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.


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 Servicesbegin delete Act.end deletebegin insert Act at an increased level of funding.end insert

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, Native women experience domestic violence and
2sexual assault at epidemic rates. American Indians and Alaska
3Natives are 2.5 times as likely to experience violent crimes, and
4at least two times more likely to experience rape or sexual assault
5crimes, compared to all other races; and

6WHEREAS, Thirty-four percent of American Indian and Alaska
7Native women will be raped in their lifetimes and 39 percent of
8American Indian and Alaska Native women will be subjected to
9violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime; and

10WHEREAS, The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act
11continues to be the federal government’s only funding source
12dedicated to supporting lifesaving services provided by domestic
13violence programs and shelters; and

P2    1WHEREAS, While some Family Violence Prevention and
2Services Act funding stream set-asides are for tribes, most are
3allocated to state governments, some federal territories, and state
4and federal territorial domestic violence coalitions. The Family
5Violence Prevention and Services Act excludes tribal domestic
6violence coalitions entirely; and

7WHEREAS, It is important for tribal coalitions to have equal
8access to Family Violence Prevention and Services Act fund stream
9set-asides. Tribal coalitions across the country are grassroot
10initiatives and they understand the inner circles of providing
11services to victims in their tribal communities. The purpose of
12tribal coalitions is to enhance the capacity of survivors, advocates,
13Indian women’s organizations, and victim services providers to
14form nonprofit, nongovernmental tribal domestic violence and
15sexual assault coalitions to advance the goal of ending violence
16against American Indian and Alaskan Native women; and

17WHEREAS, Increasingbegin insert the overall funding of theend insert Family
18Violence Prevention and Services Actbegin delete support toend deletebegin insert in order to allow
19increased support toend insert
Native American tribes andbegin delete allowingend deletebegin insert in order
20to allowend insert
tribal coalitions access to Family Violence Prevention
21and Services Act funds will help to focus on public awareness and
22prevention of family violence, services for domestic violence
23victims and their children, and training and resources for tribally
24based programs and agencies that address these issues; and

25WHEREAS, The overarching goal of tribal coalitions is to
26increase dedication to improving systemic and community
27responses to victims and to raise awareness, educate, and provide
28technical assistance, training, and supportive services for victims
29of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and
30sex trafficking, including cultural and unique barriers facing Native
31American women; and

32WHEREAS, The Family Violence Prevention and Services
33Act’s reauthorizationbegin insert at a higher level of fundingend insert will allow
34communities across the country to continue to provide critically
35needed direct services to victims of domestic violence and their
36children. The reauthorization will also improve the delivery and
37access of services to meet a broad range of diverse needs for tribes;
38now, therefore, be it

39Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of
40California, jointly,
That the Legislature calls upon the Congress
P3    1of the United States to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention
2and Servicesbegin delete Act;end deletebegin insert Act at a higher level of funding;end insert and be it further

3Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
4of this resolution to the President and Vice President of the United
5States, to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and to each
6Senator and Representative from California in the Congress of the
7United States.