Updated: Aug 7, 2019
A strong bipartisan reauthorization bill for the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) was introduced on July 24 by Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. (D-PA) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Join YWCA USA in supporting this important bill by urging your Senator Pat Toomey to cosponsor FVPSA!
The Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2019 (S.2259) would:
Continue support prevent and respond to domestic and dating violence.
Meaningfully invest in prevention by bringing evidence-informed, community-based prevention initiatives to more communities across the country.
Create a new grant program for underserved populations, including youth, disabled, immigrants, and other marginalized populations.
Generally recognize the diverse needs of survivors by strengthening and creating programs to address culturally-specific needs of survivors in states, territories and Tribes.
Strengthen the capacity for Indian Tribes to exercise their sovereignty to respond to domestic violence in their communities Update program and service definitions to ensure all survivors have access to services and to increase consistency in program guidance across the field.
Update funding authorization level by over 40% to better reflect actual need for services and support on the ground in states, local communities, territories, and Tribes.
Enhance access to services under for National Domestic Violence Hotline for underrepresented populations including American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Deaf survivors.
Since its original passage in 1984, FVPSA has served over 1.3 million domestic violence victims and their children during one of the most vulnerable points in their lives. FVPSA provides critical funding that survivors rely on for domestic violence services, such as housing, emergency shelter, transportation, childcare, and medical and legal counseling.
It is crucial to have a reauthorization of FVPSA that includes increased funding for current programs in addition to new investments for prevention and marginalized survivors.
Take action and contact your Senator Toomey