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 Fiscal Year 2010, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) awarded FVPSA grants to four statewide coalitions for capacity building projects including Alaska, Idaho, New Jersey, and Wisconsin and to Futures Without Violence as the national technical assistance provider. These five grantees 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 then community-based interventions.