House Approves Thompson Bill to Reauthorize Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

House Approves Thompson Bill to Reauthorize Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson - National Domestic Violence Hotline





Monday, October 1, 2018

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House Approves Thompson Bill to Reauthorize Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives recently approved U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson’s bill to reauthorize services and support for victims of domestic violence. The House approved the bill just in time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

H.R. 6014, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) of 2018, is the primary source of federal funding to support emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their families. Since it was enacted in 1984, FVPSA has addressed domestic violence through community-driven solutions and a network of programs and services dedicated to responding to domestic violence across the country.

“I am pleased the House reauthorized these life-saving services for victims of domestic violence,” Rep. Thompson said. “Domestic violence has no place in American society, and this legislation is essential to ensuring we are not only standing up for victims of domestic violence but we are also doing everything in our power to stand against it. This bill ensures that when victims feel helpless they have somewhere to turn.”

The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) praised the passage of the bill.

“We thank Congressman Thompson for championing H.R. 6014 and we’re grateful for his steadfast commitment to ensuring its passage,” said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of NNEDV. “When victims and their children are forced to escape from their homes, FVPSA is there for them. As the only federal funding solely dedicated to supporting survivors of domestic violence, FVPSA allows communities to provide a safe place to go and the essential services needed in the times of crisis.”

“The National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) and its dating abuse, prevention, and education project for youth, loveisrespect, is authorized through FVPSA. For more than 21 years, FVPSA has provided much of the funding that has allowed us to answer more than four million calls, texts, and chats from people affected by domestic and dating abuse,” said Katie Ray Jones, chief executive officer of The Hotline. “Millions of survivors depend on our organization for resources and support, and the successful reauthorization will ensure that we are able to continue to provide this critical support to survivors. We commend Congress for moving quickly to pass the reauthorization of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.”

Critical support services funded under FVPSA include:

– Coordinating statewide improvements within local communities, social service systems, and programming regarding the prevention and intervention of domestic violence through the leadership of State Domestic Violence Coalitions and FVPSA State Administrators.

– Supporting the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which provides crisis intervention, counseling, and safety planning and can directly connect calls to a seamless referral system of more than 4,500 community programs across the U.S. The Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is available in 170 languages.

– Increasing public awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence, dating violence and family violence.

– Supporting local and community-based domestic violence programs with specialized technical assistance addressing emerging issues such as trauma-informed care, the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment, culturally-specific domestic violence services, and effective interventions for children exposed to domestic violence.


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5 replies
  1. I think their should be more information about the men who are victims of domestic violence by their wife. Men keep silent about it because of shame, embarrassment and fear that they have no one to tell because of the fear of not being believed.

  2. Some women who are victims of abuse need the ability to get affordable healthcare without mentioning their spouse. Many application processes assume that women who apply have a perfect relationship status either married, single, or divorced. Getting financial freedom and creating a safe place include the ability to have insurance that is affordable not based on your complicated relationship status. Unfortunately, such platforms do not exist.

  3. I need help as my X has used resources against me and my daughter admits it.
    I am suffering horrific legal and financial abuse.
    I was forced pro-se and a 13 page decision filed the next day.
    My veteran home loan identity stolen to obtain loans i did not do.
    For over two years, I have tried via attorneys and the legal abuse is horrific.
    Police reports missing from public record and my name was removed from my property of 23 years.
    Detective said oh well male dominated world.
    NO MORE.
    This is criminal identity fraud and i need help as this is sick stuff in ohio.
    Hundreds of thousands stolen.
    In sale of home my VA benefit X took another 37k from me and got tax check for 17k ; which, i have no idea or documents of taxed amount.
    Phyllis from action ohio coalition against abuse writes in email that a male answwred my landline phone.
    Please, advise of attorney that can help me.

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