The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) applauds Senators Robert Casey (D-PA) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for introducing S.2259, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2019. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) is one of the three pillars of the federal government’s response to domestic violence. It provides critical core funding to domestic violence shelters and programs; it keeps the lights on and the doors open. FVPSA also funds the National Domestic Violence Hotline and a number of resource centers, including those that are culturally-specific.
We are encouraged that S.2259 increases the authorized funding for FVPSA, codifies important programs such as the StrongHearts Native Helpline and expands access to FVPSA funding to specific populations who have not had access to vital FVPSA funds in the past. It affirms tribal sovereignty and authorizes funding to meet survivors where they are, thereby demonstrating an understanding that not all survivors seek services through domestic violence programs and we must continue to make services available to those who are challenged by access and other means to ensure their safety.
“This FVPSA reauthorization contains vital improvements to ensure all victims and survivors of domestic violence have access to desperately needed services,” says Ruth Glenn, President/CEO of NCADV. “It increases FVPSA’s authorized funding level and expands the network of people who will receive services, responding directly to the unmet needs of underserved and specific populations. It is a strong testament to how far Congress has come in recognizing the need to serve everyone.”
NCADV encourages Congress to act quickly to pass S.2259 and to send it to the President for his signature.