Specialized Services for Abused Parents and Children (SSAPC)

Nationwide, nearly half of all residents of domestic violence shelters supported through the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program (FVPSA Program) are children.  These children, youth, and their parents need quality services to address the trauma they have experienced and to break the cycle of violence. The FVPSA Program is committed to expanding comprehensive services for children and youth exposed to domestic violence to ensure that every child receives a trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate response to the violence they have experienced.

In 2016, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) awarded FVPSA grants under the Specialized Services for Abused Parents and Children (SSAPC) program to 12 capacity building projects to serve as leaders for expanding a broader network for support, developing evidence-based interventions for children, youth and parents exposed to domestic violence, and building national implementation strategies that will lead to local improvements in domestic violence programs and community-based interventions.

Promising Futures Capacity Building Center, (the Center), a project of Futures Without Violence, (FUTURES)  Expanding Services to Children, Youth, and Abused Parents (ESCYAP) program was also funded in 2016 by FVPSA. FUTURES provides support to the network of domestic violence state coalitions and local community-based programs on enhancing services for children, youth and abused parents impacted by domestic violence. The Center provides support to programs to build organizational structures and services that prioritize child well-being, opportunities for healing, building resilience, and breaking the intergenerational cycle of violence all within the context of the parent-child relationship. The Center is an expansion of FUTURES’ current Clearinghouse of information on the Promising Futures Website. The Center supports the Specialized Services for Abused Parents and their Children (SSAPC) grantees as well as the field through facilitating a learning community, technical assistance and training, developing new resources and tools for the field, growing the research within evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally relevant practices for children and youth and their parents in domestic violence programs, and supporting best practices in evaluation and documenting lessons learned.

2016-2020 Demonstration Sites: