and Social Services only administering and monitoring the grants. The Legislature added intent language in the FY81 budget stating "No further increases in domestic violence and sexual assault budgets until legislation establishing responsibilities is passed." There were concerns that having a non-profit group outside of State government making funding decisions was unprecedented and had no statutory base.
As a result, the Network and the Department of Health and Social Services developed proposed legislation for authorization to administer grants-in-aid to domestic violence and sexual assault programs. The resulting legislation was AS 18.66, which established the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and placed it in the Department of Public Safety, effective October 24, 1981. The Network felt strongly that since domestic violence and sexual assault are primarily issues of safety and must be acknowledged as the serious crimes they are, the Council should be in the Department of Public Safety.