On Dec. 20th, President Barack Obama signed into law the “CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010,” reaffirming his administrations commitment to aiding the victims of domestic violence and reestablishing a vital funding stream to the agencies that assist them.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of victims’ advocates, allies, as well as the compelling stories of victims themselves, the bill succeeded in winning broad bipartisan support, particularly as new figures come out exposing the prevalence of domestic violence, and its effects on families in general, and children in particular.
The hope is that with the CAPTA act’s re-authorization, agencies that receive funding from CAPTA (like ours) will be able to continue providing prevention programs aimed at helping parents to avoid, address and mitigate high risk-factors like substance abuse, mental illness and domestic violence across the USA.
But from a DV perspective, the most pertinent component of the CAPTA act is a clause called the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), which helps fund nearly 1,700 shelters and service programs for victims of domestic violence and their children. It also supports the National Domestic Violence Hotline, whose staff and volunteers answer more than 22,000 calls for help each month, and link victims with local agencies like FVPC to provide them with the resources they need to rebuild their lives.
To learn more about how FVPC helps victims of domestic violence in Orange County, NC, or to learn more about how you can help victims of domestic violence receive help, you can visit our website at www.fvpcoc.org