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Family Violence Prevention and Services Act Final Rule

Published: November 3, 2016

AGENCY:

Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This rule will better prevent and protect survivors of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, by clarifying that all survivors must have access to services and programs funded under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act. More specifically, the rule enhances accessibility and non-discrimination provisions, clarifies confidentiality rules, promotes coordination among community-based organizations, State Domestic Violence Coalitions, States, and Tribes, as well as incorporates new discretionary grant programs. Furthermore, the rule updates existing regulations to reflect statutory changes made to the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, and updates procedures for soliciting and awarding grants. The rule also increases clarity and reduces potential confusion over statutory and regulatory standards. The rule codifies standards already used by the program in the Funding Opportunity Announcements and awards, in technical assistance, in reporting requirements, and in sub-regulatory guidance.

DATES:

This final rule becomes effective January 3, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Marylouise Kelley, Ph.D., Division Director, (202) 401-5756 (not a toll-free call), marylouise.kelley@acf.hhs.gov. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Federal Dual Party Relay Service at 1-800-977-8339 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Time.

The full Family Violence Prevention and Services Act Final Rule is available on the Federal Register (PDF, 351KB).

Last Reviewed: November 3, 2016

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