The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) applauds Congress for taking an important step toward meeting the needs of victims and survivors impacted by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Last night, the Senate passed S.3548, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the bipartisan compromise phase three COVID-19 stimulus package. The House is expected to pass it as soon as tomorrow. The CARES Act provides important supports for vulnerable people, including victims and survivors. However, it fails to fully meet the needs of survivors as outlined in this letter from the field, nor does it live up to the standard set by the House’s H.R.6379, the Take Responsibility for Families and Workers Act.
Says Ruth M. Glenn, NCADV’s President and CEO, “The CARES Act is an important first step toward addressing victims and survivors, and we appreciate Congress’s attention to the needs of victims and survivors of domestic violence. However, it is only the first step. We look forward to continuing to work with Congress on their phase four stimulus bill to ensure it more comprehensively meets the needs of victims and survivors that are both created and compounded by the COVID-19 crisis.”
Among other provisions, S.3548:
However, unlike H.R.6379, S.3548 does NOT:
Neither S.3548 nor H.R.6379:
You raised your voices in support of victims, survivors, and advocates, and Congress heard you, specifically addressing some of the needs of survivors. As Congress begins to negotiate the expected phase four stimulus package, we will be asking you, again, to contact your Members of Congress to ensure that they recognize and address the unique needs of victims and survivors.