MCADSV is dedicated to the empowerment of all the state's survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Our mission is to develop and promote efforts aimed at the elimination of all domestic and sexual violence in Michigan.

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The Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence acts as a catalyst for innovative, long-range plans to end domestic and sexual violence and leads in the development and monitoring of state and national legislation.

Public policy advocacy is a critical part of MCADSV’s work to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and in meeting our ultimate goal of ending violence against women. Throughout the year, MCADSV monitors both state and federal legislation and public policy initiatives to assure that the needs of survivors are at the forefront of any new laws, initiatives, and funding decisions.

Below are two documents from the recent NNEDV Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. These documents describe the focus of this recent effort with our Congressional Representatives and U.S. Senators at the Capitol.

NNEDV Advocacy Day materials

NNEDV Advocacy Day talking points
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Public Policy Update - A Publication of the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

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A Citizen’s Guide To State Government
The Michigan Legislature has prepared A Citizen’s Guide to State Government for Michigan citizens to stay informed. To obtain a copy of this guide, call or write your Representative or Senator in Lansing and request that a copy is mailed to you. This invaluable handbook on legislative advocacy contains information about elected officials, committee assignments, House and Senate officers, and much more.

Obtain a Copy of a Public Act

Legislative Services Bureau
The Legislative Service Bureau was formally created in 1941 as a nonpartisan legislative information and service agency. The Legislative Document Room provides legislative staff and the public with paper copies of legislative materials from the current session of the Legislature. The Document Room staff can also provide information on the status of any bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature for the current and previous sessions. Copies of Michigan legislation can be obtained by writing or calling the Legislative Services Bureau Document Room.

Senate Fiscal Agency
The Senate Fiscal Agency (SFA) is a nonpartisan legislative agency created to provide the Michigan Senate with sound and unbiased assistance in two principal ways: providing staff support to the Senate Appropriations Committee and assisting all members of the Senate on State budget-related issues; and providing analysis of all proposed legislation being considered by the Senate. A non-partisan analysis of a bill or public act can be obtained by writing or calling the Senate Fiscal Agency.

Michigan Policy Resources
Michigan legislative and policy updates on violence against women issues can be obtained from the following organizations:

Michigan Legislature

Library of Michigan
The Library of Michigan maintains a collection focusing on public policy and law.

National Policy Updates
National legislative and policy updates on violence against women issues can be obtained from the following organizations:

National Network to End Domestic Violence

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Legal Momentum

National Center for Victims of Crime