WASHINGTON, D. C. – Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) formula grants totaling $2,346,781 have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to support New Jersey domestic violence victims and organizations.

“ACF is proud to be partnering with communities to identify solutions and support services addressing the traumatic impact of domestic violence,” said Bill Bentley, associate commissioner of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB).  “Domestic violence coalitions, local domestic violence programs, tribes, and culturally specific community based organizations are all an integral part of any coordinated response to domestic violence.”

For the past three decades, the FVPSA has been an integral part of our nation’s response to domestic violence by providing funding, oversight, training, and guidance to emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, prevention programs, specialized resource centers, and a wide range of federal partners across the United States. 

The federal grants will be awarded to:

  • States and territories

A total of $94.5 million has been awarded to 56 states and territories to fund and manage local domestic violence programs. State and territorial formula grants make up 70 percent of FVPSA appropriations and are distributed based on a minimum award of $600,000, with the remaining funds to be allotted to each state through a population-based formula.

  • States and U.S. territorial coalitions

$13.5 million has been awarded to 56 domestic violence coalitions to expand and enhance statewide and territorial responses to domestic violence victims and organizations with an emphasis on systems reform, public policy, training and technical assistance, prevention, and public awareness. Grantees will each receive awards of $241,000.

Family Violence Prevention and Services Actformula grants are awarded to every state and territory and over 200 Tribes. These funds reach almost 1,600 domestic violence shelters and over 1,300 non-residential service sites, providing both a safe haven and an array of supportive services to intervene in and prevent abuse. Each year, FVPSA-funded programs serve over 1.3 million victims and their dependents and respond to 2.7 million crisis calls. 

“These programs provide a lifeline to millions of women, children and men each year,” stated Marylouise Kelley, director of ACF’s Family Violence Prevention and Services Program. “Every day, survivors across the country find the courage to escape an abusive relationship.”

Here is a link to the list of coalition grant awardees: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/programs/family-violence-prevention-services/programs/state-dv

For more facts on the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/content/familyviolence/factsheet.htm

30th Anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

www.aboutfvpsa.com and http://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2014/10/reflections-on-the-30th-anniversary-of-the-family-violence-prevention-services-act

Domestic Violence Statistics, Factsheets and Resources

http://www.vawnet.org (National Resource Center on Domestic Violence funded by ACF)

All ACF news releases, fact sheets and other materials are available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/opa/index.html.

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