There are high rates of domestic violence among people seen in mental health and substance use disorder treatment settings, and it has long been recognized that domestic violence can have significant mental health and substance use-related effects. However, there exists a lack of collaboration, coordination, and partnership by and between these three service systems on the state and local levels. To assist in addressing this gap, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) have issued an Information Memorandum, SAMHSA and ACF Information Memorandum Working at the Intersections of DV, Substance Use, and Mental Health, calling for increased collaboration between domestic violence, mental health and substance use disorder treatment service providers and systems.
This memo highlights the potential role of financial capability services in domestic violence economic advocacy and provides information about financial capability resources that can be used to enhance programming on behalf of families impacted by domestic violence.
As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program joins with its grantees and federal partners to offer a wide range of domestic violence awareness month educational events and activities. We invite you to join us in building awareness and taking action around ending domestic violence.
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?
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a nationwide effort to help recognize, prevent, and respond to a serious health crisis affecting a tremendous number of women — and men — across the country.