The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act is the primary federal funding stream for State and Territorial Domestic Violence Coalitions, which coordinate state- and territory-wide improvements within local communities, social service systems, and programming regarding the prevention and intervention of domestic violence. Every Coalition provides comprehensive training and technical assistance on a multitude of social, legal, and economic issues that affect victims’ safety and well-being. Coalitions partner with government, private industry, non-profit and faith-based communities, and other stakeholders to effectively coordinate and improve the safety-net of services available to victims and their dependents.
Each State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa, have a HHS-designated Domestic Violence Coalition. Each Coalition’s membership includes a majority of the primary-purpose domestic violence service providers in the State or Territory. Click here to find your State or Territorial Coalition. Many Tribes also have coalitions, but they are funded and operated differently. For more information, please contact the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center.
A primary-purpose domestic violence service provider is one that operates a project of demonstrated effectiveness, carried out by a nonprofit, nongovernmental, private entity or a tribe or tribal organization that has as its project’s primary-purpose the operation of shelters for victims of domestic violence and their dependents; or provides counseling, advocacy, or self-help services to victims of domestic violence.
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. Total funding for Coalitions was approximately $13 million in FY’s 2011 and 2012.
See a list of the coalitions.