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 and again in 2020, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) awarded FVPSA grants under the Specialized Services for Abused Parents and Children (SSAPC) program to 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, local community-based programs, and other child serving programs on enhancing services for families impacted by domestic violence. Promising Futures 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. Promising Futures 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.