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IAFN members are encouraged to voice their position on proposed policies that impact forensic nursing practice. Politicians need factual information and an understanding of the evidence base to help make informed decisions about how proposed policy will effect their constituents.


Thanks to all who joined us for Advocacy Day on Feb 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C.  Watch this page for updates about Advocacy Day 2020.




2018 - 2019 Public Policy Agenda


1.      Support funding of the Violence Against Women Act.

2.      Increase access to forensic nurses in the United States and globally.

3.      Monitor and comment on policy developments that impact access to forensic nurses and comprehensive care and safety for their patients.



Current Issue Briefs


VAWA Issue Brief


IAFN Supports the Survivors’ Access to Supportive Care Act (SASCA)      


FY19 Funding Request for Programs Under the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) within the U.S. Department of Justice


FY19 Funding Request for Programs within the Department of Health and Human Services



Current Policy Papers

SANEs in Level 1 and 2 Trauma Centers Policy Paper (2017)


Advocacy Partnerships

As an organization, we have partnered with the Nursing Community, which collectively represents over 850,000 registered nurses in 59 organizations all committed to improving the health of our patients.  We also joined the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse whose mission is to bring health organizations and societies together to advance health policy related to violence and abuse through judicial, budgetary or regulatory processes at the state and federal level.


Take Action

Members of Government Affairs Committee have created sample documents that may help members to voice their professional opinions with confidence when testifying on behalf of health policy issues at public hearings or writing letters to seek the support of local, state or national policy makers. When testifying at legislative hearings or when writing letters in support of or against a policy issue, the following steps are suggested: 

  • Begin by stating their name, title (forensic nurse, SANE, place of employment, organization/institution you represent) and the issue that your letter/testimony supports or opposes. 

  • Keep in mind that there is usually a set time limit when offering verbal testimony and briefly tell why the Act/Bill is important. When writing a letter, limit to one page and include your contact information for follow up. 

  • Based on your knowledge of the issue, provide a short case in point or statistical information about the issue. 

  • Politely encourage the committee to consider passing/rejecting the Act/Bill #. 

  • Thank them for their interest and support. 

  • After testifying, remain seated or standing at the microphone in case the panel or committee members have questions for you.


Please consider using the suggested templates when either you or your state Chapter decides to write a letter or testify before a legislative committee. Download and save the attached templates for letters and verbal testimony. Contact the GAC Chairperson if you need further assistance. With the guidance of fellow members, you will feel stronger and more confident when exercising your voice on behalf of your patients and professional practice.


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