First passed by Congress in 1984, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) is the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children. It is administered by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, a program of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Along with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), FVPSA is one of the key pillars in the federal response to domestic violence in the United States.

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program is committed to:

  • Providing shelter and other supportive services for victims and their children
  • 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
  • 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

To accomplish this work the FVPSA Program provides grants to states, territories, tribes, state domestic violence coalitions and national resource centers, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline. (Source)

FVPSA Celebrates 30 Years in 2014

The following video commemorates the 30th anniversary of FVPSA and was created in partnership between the FVPSA office and members of the Domestic Violence Resource Network, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.

To learn more about FVPSA, click here.

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