Admin. for Children and Families (ACF) distributes $108 million in anti-domestic violence grants that help local and state domestic violence service providers deliver assistance to victims, families and their children.
The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) grants (CFDA Number: 93.560) are the only government funding stream dedicated specifically to domestic violence shelters and programs for direct services to victims of domestic violence and their children. The grants’ reach and impact has grown incrementally over the last 30 years; growing from 111 shelters across all states in the 1970s, to more than 1,500 today.
“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,” said Bill Bentley, associate commissioner of the Family and Youth Services Bureau.
The formula grants are awarded to every state and territory and over 200 tribes. State and territorial formula grants make up 70% of FVPSA appropriations and include a minimum award of $600,000, with the remaining funds to be allotted to each state through a population-based formula.
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. Support services funded under the act for victims of domestic violence and their children include court and legal advocacy and individual and group counseling.