First passed by Congress in 1984, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) is the primary federal funding stream for State and Territorial Domestic Violence Coalitions, which coordinate state- and territory-wide improvements within local communities, social service systems, and programming regarding the prevention and intervention of domestic violence.
Every Coalition provides comprehensive training and technical assistance on a multitude of social, legal, and economic issues that affect victims’ safety and well-being.
Coalitions partner with government, private industry, non-profit and faith-based communities, and other stakeholders to effectively coordinate and improve the safety-net of services available to victims and their dependents.
Funding for FVPSA is administered by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, a program of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Ending Domestic Violence Requires Teamwork
The purpose of a Coalition is to provide education, support, and technical assistance to the primary-purpose domestic violence service providers and providers of direct services in the State in order to establish and maintain shelter and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and their dependents.
Each Coalition serves as an information clearinghouse, primary point of contact, and resource center on domestic violence for the State and supports the development of policies, protocols, and procedures to enhance domestic violence intervention and prevention in the State.
Coalitions play an important role in helping programs develop and continue culturally competent practices consistent with FVPSA guidance, including the promotion of trauma-informed services that help facilitate the social and emotional well-being of both victims and their children.