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State Domestic Violence Coalitions Fact Sheet

Published: July 12, 2012
Audience:
Family Violence Prevention and Services (FVPSA)
Topics:
Domestic Violence Programs/Services, State Domestic Violence Coalitions
Types:
fact sheet

State Domestic Violence Coalitions improve domestic violence intervention and prevention in their States.  They ensure coordinated, best-practice solutions are implemented and sustained, and are the go-to organizations for any questions about services or emerging issues in your States. 

Coalitions are membership organizations whose local domestic violence services programs are key members.  Coalitions build on the strength of local community programs and identify and address statewide needs.  They are the voice of victims and the programs that serve them.

What Defines a State Coalition?

  • Statewide nonprofit organization
  • Membership includes the majority of the State’s domestic violence programs, and the board is representative of such programs
  • Provides services, community education, and technical assistance to establish and maintain shelter and related services for victims of domestic violence and their children
  • Seeks and encourages the participation of law enforcement agencies and other legal or judicial entities

Every State and most Territories have one federally recognized Coalition.  You can find their contact information at www.nnedv.org/resources/coalitions.html

Many Tribes also have coalitions, but they are funded and operated differently.  For more information, please contact the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center at http://www.niwrc.org

Ending Domestic Violence Requires Teamwork
Each Coalition varies in specific activities, depending on the State’s needs and resources.  Coalitions provide training to tens of thousands of individuals, initiate collaboration between a broad range of constituents, and increase public awareness and community mobilization.  Some also operate statewide hotlines or provide direct services. 

All Coalitions provide at least the following resources:

  • Work with local domestic violence programs and providers of direct services to encourage appropriate responses to domestic violence within the State, including:
    • training and technical assistance
    • planning and conducting State needs assessments
    • serving as an information clearinghouse and resource center for the State
    • collaborating with other governmental systems which affect battered women
  • Work with judicial and law enforcement agencies, Child Protective Services and children's advocates, and many other community partners to encourage appropriate responses to domestic violence cases
  • Conduct public education campaigns, including information for underserved racial, ethnic or language-minority populations
  • Participate in planning and monitoring the distribution of FVPSA grants to their State.

Catalysts for Change
FVPSA funding has been instrumental in increasing the scope and effectiveness of State Domestic Violence Coalitions, which in turn has increased the capacity of community-based domestic violence programs and community leadership.  Although the unmet need for victim services and community response remains daunting, Coalitions continue to leverage resources and mobilize community and institutional responses.  Through inclusive, broad-based planning they help their States develop best practices and respond to crises.  Coalitions now lead the way in preventing domestic violence before it ever starts.

Support for the State Domestic Violence Coalitions
10% of the funds appropriated by Congress for FVPSA formula grants are allocated for the Coalitions.  Each Coalition receives an equal share of the Funding, which for the last several years has been approximately $230,000.