Domestic Violence

William H. Bentley, Associate Commissioner, Family and Youth Services Bureau

Two Anniversaries, One Goal: Celebrating the Runaway & Homeless Youth and Family Violence Prevention & Services Acts

Associate Commissioner highlights goals of Runaway & Homeless Youth and Family Violence Prevention & Services Acts on historic anniversaries.

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Sil Lai’s Story

"I finally got out of the relationship after one too many trips to the emergency room."

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Jane's Story

Because the domestic violence shelter was there, my children and I are alive.

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Shana’s Story

"Most victims would say that you become the queen of appearance. You know how to smile regardless of what just happened and act like everything is fine.”

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Francesca’s Story

Domestic violence is not a family matter. It is everyone’s business.

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New Research Projects to Understand and Improve Responses to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)

Efforts will focus on understanding how to serve those experiencing IPV in the context of healthy relationship programs, and documenting National Domestic Violence Hotline activities.

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Joan’s Story

"I thought that my being pregnant would change him, but that was not the case."

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Emily's Story

“I felt like everyone was looking at me, even though I had carefully caked on make-up to cover the bruises.”

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Amanda’s Story

“In March 2010, I incorporated my ‘safety plan’ and left my husband.”

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Reflections on the 30th Anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act

Today, FVPSA supports nearly 1,600 shelters, 200 Tribes and Tribal organizations, and domestic violence coalitions in 56 states and territories.

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