On December 6th, 2010, the White House announced an unprecedented move on the part of the Federal Government to increase interagency coordination to protect victims of domestic violence and help break the cycle of abuse.
In October of 2010, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announced a new push on the part of their administration to help combat the existence of domestic violence and child abuse in the United States. Last week, the US Senate showed their support of this new initiative, by reauthorizing the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) amid bipartisan support. The CAPTA act, which also includes a provision called the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), would help states to both improve child safety, and continue critically needed services for victims of domestic violence.
Under CAPTA, states are able to strengthen efforts of local child protective service agencies to prevent and treat child abuse, with new CAPTA-funded with new tools to identify and treat abuse and neglect. In addition, CAPTA is also aimed at helping parents, by addressing high risk factors like substance abuse, mental illness and domestic violence; the hope being by getting the help to adults who need it, incidences of domestic violence and abuse will be prevented before they can occur.
To learn more about CAPTA, FVPSA, and the reality of domestic violence in the US today, go to the White House website. And to learn more about domestic violence here in NC, or to learn how you can help and become involved, visit FVPC’s website at www.fvpcoc.org