This final rule is being issued under the authority granted to the Secretary of Health and Human Services by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), 42 U.S.C. 10404(a)(4), as most recently amended by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment (CAPTA) Reauthorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111—320).
The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program provides primary federal funding for domestic violence shelters and supportive services and seeks qualified practitioners and experts to serve as peer reviewers and panel chairpersons for the following federal Discretionary Grant Programs supported by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.
Questions include: What is the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA)? Are battered immigrants eligible for emergency/immediate shelter and supportive services funded by FVPSA? Are there any immigration restrictions included in FVPSA? Has HHS designated FVPSA funds as a federal public benefit requiring verification of immigration status? Is this placing new requirements on FVPSA grantees/sub-awardees? and Are there other FVPSA or legal requirements that apply to serving battered immigrants?