Presenting New Resource for State Administrators, ‘Navigating the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program’

New FVPSA Guide for State and Territorial AdministratorsThe Family Violence Prevention and Services Program is pleased to announce the release of its guide for state and territorial administrators, Navigating the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program. This guide was developed by and for FVPSA state grant administrators in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and includes shared  best practices and challenges in performing their role. The final product is the result of several years of planning and hard work and would not have been possible without the guidance and contributions from FVPSA state administrators across the country; it was created to educate, inform, and reflect the work and daily activities of a FVPSA state administrator. 

While this guide may be particularly useful to new administrators, it is also designed to be beneficial to all administrators as they strive to provide better services to victims of domestic violence and their families.

The guide has several features, including:

  • A general overview of the FVPSA grant program and administrator duties, with lessons learned and other tips from current and former administrators;
  • A helpful summary of the rich and vibrant history of the domestic violence movement;
  • An appendix containing a collection of downloadable sample forms and documents; and
  • A hyperlinked resource list featuring national organizations that specialize in FVPSA-related topics, and articles on pertinent administrator duties and substantive area.

As the guide states, “FVPSA state administrators have a very unique role within their state and in the continuum of responses to domestic violence. They are positioned to help shape policy in their state and across the country for use of funds and most importantly, the provision of needed resources and services to survivors and their children as they seek safety in the immediate and long-term…Administrators are part of a larger community that collectively seeks to end violence against women.”

Navigating the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program is an ongoing work, and will continue to be updated as the federal and national domestic violence community evolves. Administrators are encouraged to refer to the guide as needed, and to contact the FVPSA Program, as well as other FVPSA state administrators, for ongoing networking, support, and advice.