The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) is an essential piece of legislation that survivors rely on for safety and services. The Senate re-authorization bill, S.1275, introduced by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (D-AK), passed out of Committee in July, and it is time to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
FVPSA provides core funding to more than 1,500 domestic violence shelters and programs, supports over 240 tribes and tribal organizations to address and prevent domestic violence and provides for a network of state coalitions and national technical assistance providers — all working to ensure vital crisis services are available to individuals experiencing domestic or dating violence, as well as their children.
FVPSA funded programs have provided services such as emergency shelter, crisis counseling, safety planning, and assistance recovering from financial abuse or addressing housing insecurity to over 1.3 million survivors and their children since its inception in 1984. These cost effective and life-saving programs help rebuild lives. The important improvements in S.1275 reflect the priorities of the domestic violence field and the diverse needs of survivors
Tell your Senator it is time to reauthorize FVPSA! We need urgent action to bring S. 1275 to the floor and for Senators to vote yes on passage. Contact your Senator today!
Survivors of Domestic Violence Need You to Bring S.1275 to the Floor (FVPSA Re-Authorization)
As your constituent, I urge you to support survivors of domestic violence, family violence, and dating violence by encouraging leadership to bring the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2021 (S.1275) to the floor and vote YES on final passage. Every day, the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) funds programs across the country to provide survivors with essential support, safety, and services to rebuild their lives and heal from abuse. Unfortunately, FVPSA has not been reauthorized since 2010, leaving it vulnerable to funding cuts and leaving gaps to improve survivor access to resources.
FVPSA is the only source of federal funding dedicated to supporting domestic violence programs and shelters, providing core funding to more than 1,500 domestic violence shelters and programs, supporting over 240 tribes and tribal organizations to address and prevent domestic violence, and creating a network of state coalitions and national technical assistance providers — all working to ensure vital crisis services are available to individuals experiencing domestic or dating violence as well as their children. FVPSA also provides funding for National Domestic Violence Hotline, dedicated to providing 24/7 assistance to survivors of family, domestic, and dating violence or those trying to assist them and StrongHearts Native Helpline, a Native specific helpline to assist Native American survivors.
This bi-partisan reauthorization bill, introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Bob Casey will increase overall funding, build prevention programs, create specialized grant programs to address issues such as culturally specific services and underserved communities, strengthen the capacity of Indian tribes, and make other enhancements to better meet survivor needs.
FVPSA is a critical, life-saving legislation that survivors rely on for safety. It’s time Congress took action to reauthorize the Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act to include increased funding for current programs and support investments for prevention and marginalized survivors. I urge you to bring S.1275 to the floor and vote yes on final passage.
Thank you for your continued support for survivors of domestic violence. I look forward to your response.