2021 Session Advocacy + Legislative Updates

SCCADVASA works proactively to increase the awareness of how laws and policies impact the lives and healing of survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Our policy focus areas are determined by our member organizations experience of emerging and ongoing needs at the community level and then we strive to make sure these needs are heard and understood by our state legislators and congressional delegation.

With the start of the 2021 Legislative Sessions in both South Carolina and at the Federal Level, SCCADVASA will continue our advocacy efforts and monitor the situation at the S.C. State House and in Washington, D.C. Each week, we will provide you with an update on how things are progressing at both the State and Federal level.

Weekly Updates

State Updates

We’ve provided an initial list of bills that were pre-filed in the S.C. House and S.C. Senate during December 2020. We will continue to add bills as we identify them and as they are introduced. We have highlighted those which are priority items for SCCADVASA as well as those we are monitoring closely. Please note that only the primary (or first-listed) sponsor of each bill has been listed. Please click the links above to read our most recent, comprehensive S.C. State House Updates.

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Federal Updates

VOCA Fix

Update: Thursday, March 18, We’ve been advocating strongly for the #VOCAFix and we are excited to share that it passed the House on the evening of March 17, 2021! Thank you to our S.C. House Members who voted in support of this bill – Congressman Clyburn, Congressman Rice, Congressman Timmons, Congresswoman Nancy Mace. We hope the Senate will quickly take up and pass H.R. 1652 that provides critical services to survivors.

Additional news out of D.C. — Senator Tim Scott signed on as a co-sponsor to the #VOCAFix S.611 Wednesday 3/17/2021, meaning both of S.C.’s senators are now backing this bill. Thank you Sen. Lindsey Graham & Sen. Scott for your leadership in support of critical services for survivors.

Reach out to your Senator TODAY — tools available on the VOCA Fix Call to Action page.

  • Update: Tuesday, March 16, the VOCA fix bill, HR. 1652, is expected to be heard on the floor of the House the week of March 15, 2021. It is critical that House members understand how important the stability of the Crime Victims’ Fund is to sustaining services to their constituents.
  • Update: Thursday March 4th, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham was one of a bi-partisan group of Members of Congress to sponsor the introduction of a stand-alone bill containing the #VOCAfix which survivors and service providers so desperately need. The legislation was introduced in both Senate and House.
  • The VOCA Fix, which SCCADVASA and our member organizations had strongly advocated for in 2020, was not included in the FY21 Omnibus spending bill. You can read our full statement on the lack of fix.

VAWA Reauthorization

Update March 18th: Late yesterday evening (3/17/2021), H.R. 1620 passed in the House of Representatives, 244-172 with bipartisan support. We are thankful to Congressman Clyburn for his willingness to #StandWithSurvivors and vote yes on this bill.

Reach out to your Senator TODAY and urge them to swiftly pass the House Bill.

The Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, HR 1620, is being fast-tracked with the hope of passage by April. Now is the time to call/email your Senators to urge them to support this bill.

I am writing to ask Sen. XXXX support passage of H.R.1620 in the Senate, the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021. H.R. 1620 responds to the very real, identified needs of survivors and communities across the country, preventing future violence, enhancing and expanding services for survivors, investing in culturally-specific organizations, and improving access to justice for survivors. Reauthorizing VAWA is important to our community/program/state for these reasons XXXXXXX.

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2021 reauthorizes VAWA grant programs and makes modest yet vital enhancements to existing law. We hope you will show support for this vital legislation. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

American Rescue Plan

President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan which provides important support and protections for many vulnerable people and communities including $198 million for rape crisis centers, $180 million for FVPSA (Domestic Violence programming), and $48 million for culturally specific organizations to serve survivors.

As the bill’s passage was through the Reconciliation Process, there is little information at present on how these funds will be administered by FVPSA, although it is hoped there will be significant flexibility to allow programs and communities to meet the varied needs of survivors during this time of great need and uncertainty.

Election 2020 Candidate Survey

Prior to the 2020 election, SCCADVASA sent out a survey to all South Carolina candidates who were running for local, state or national office. We realize that South Carolinians and our communities are affected by domestic and sexual violence each and every day and that these candidates play an important role in the prevention of, and response to, intimate partner violence. Please visit the Election 2020 Candidate Survey page on to view the full report of responses that we received, or you can view those for specific candidates. If you do not see your county or district listed, that is because we did not receive a response to the survey.