Legislative Update: US House and Senate Reauthorizes the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act
On December 20, 2010 President Obama signed the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVSPA) as part of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).
FVPSA is the only dedicated federal funding source for domestic violence shelters and services, supporting emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling and advocacy, primary and secondary prevention, legal assistance, and programs for underserved communities. The reauthorization builds upon FVPSA’s core strengths and includes critical improvements for the National Domestic Violence Hotline, initiatives dealing with teen dating violence, services for US territories, and programs helping children who witness violence. The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) continues important work in addressing child abuse, neglect and sexual violence, and adds an important cross-coordination component to improve services for both victims of child abuse/maltreatment and families that are experiencing domestic violence.
Many domestic violence programs face severe public and private funding cuts, threatening reductions in services. Funds provided by FVPSA’s current reauthorization will help programs continue to provide lifesaving services to victims of domestic violence and their families.