How has FVPSA helped strengthen the response to domestic violence in Tribal communities?

FVPSA Grants to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and tribal organizations are formula grants funded through a 10% set aside in the FVPSA appropriation. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in efforts to increase public awareness about, and primary and secondary prevention of, family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and to provide immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents.

Native Herstory: The Growth of the Movement to End Violence Against Women (9 p.), developed by NIWRC for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, tells the story of the strength of Native women over thousands of years and captures milestones in the Native women's movement.

Our Herstory begins 1000s of years ago, with the strength of Native women and acknowledgment that women form the backbone of Native societies. With strong and safe women, Native communities can thrive. Today, our movement is focused on decolonizing Indian nations to restore tribal sovereignty and revive traditional values to ensure safety for Native women and their families.

About FVPSA

Celebrating the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) 30th Anniversary [1:22:05]
This webinar, held on October 9, 2014, celebrated the far-reaching impact of FVPSA, the first Federal commitment to creating a pathway to safety for survivors of domestic violence and their children. A diverse representation of speakers discussed the positive efforts of community-based domestic violence programs, culturally specific services, state coalitions, and Tribal Nations to end domestic violence.

Family Violence Prevention and Services Program
The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children.

FVPSA supports community-driven solutions to domestic violence, domestic and dating violence prevention education, and a network of programs and services to respond to domestic violence across the country, territories and tribal communities. FVPSA is also committed to strengthening our country’s response to domestic violence and ensure that all survivors, including tribal and immigrant communities, people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ communities, can safely access the services and supports that meet their needs. 

In addition to providing core crisis and intervention services for the safety of victims and survivors of domestic violence and their families, FVPSA coordinates and supports a range of discretionary grant programs. More information about FVPSA’s discretionary grant programs can be found here.


FVPSA-funded Tribal Grants

Tribal Domestic Violence Services, 2014 (3 p.) by the Administration on Children, Youth & Families, Department of Health and Human Services (2015)
This resource on tribal domestic violence services presents graphical information on the number of tribes funded in states, total victims served by tribal grantees, race/ethnicity of clients served by tribal grantees, shelter provided by tribal grantees, total calls to tribal domestic violence programs, and education and prevention presentations for the year 2014.

Tribal Domestic Violence Services, 2012 (2 p.) by the Administration on Children, Youth & Families, Department of Health and Human Services (2012)
This resource on tribal domestic violence services presents graphical information on the number of tribes funded in states, total victims served by tribal grantees, race/ethnicity of clients served by tribal grantees, shelter provided by tribal grantees, total calls to tribal domestic violence programs, and education and prevention presentations for the year 2012. 

Tribal Domestic Violence Services, 2011 (2 p.) by the Administration on Children, Youth & Families, Department of Health and Human Services (2011)
This resource on tribal domestic violence services presents graphical information on the total victims served by tribal grantees, total calls to tribal domestic violence programs, race/ethnicity of clients served by tribal grantees, shelter provided by tribal grantees, community outreach, education and prevention provided by tribal grantees, service contacts provided by tribal grantees, and clients served with batterer-intervention services for the year 2011. 

FVPSA Funded Tribes 2010 
This interactive map represents Native American/Alaskan Native Tribes receiving Family Violence Prevention Services Act funds through Family and Youth Services at the Administration for Children and Families. The color-coded key located at the bottom of the map indicates amounts received by specific programs. 


National Indigenous Women's Resource Center

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Inc. (NIWRC) is a Native nonprofit organization that was created specifically to serve as the National Indian Resource Center (NIRC) Addressing Domestic Violence and Safety for Indian Women. NIWRC seeks to enhance the capacity of American Indian and Alaska Native (Native) tribes, Native Hawaiians, and Tribal and Native Hawaiian organizations to respond to domestic violence.

 

The StrongHearts Native Helpline

The StrongHearts Native Helpline is a culturally-appropriate, confidential service for Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence. By dialing 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST, callers can speak with an advocate with a strong understanding of American Indian and Alaska Native cultures as well as issues of tribal sovereignty and law that can provide immediate support; crisis intervention; personalized, practical safety planning; referrals to culturally-appropriate services; and education and information.

 

Reports to Congress on the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act Report to Congress, 2009-2010 (73 p.) by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (April 26, 2013)
The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act Report to Congress provides an overview of the extensive network of services and programming made possible by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act in 2009 and 2010. The report not only describes the programs and services supported during these years, but also explores their effectiveness in the prevention and intervention of domestic violence.

Report to Congress on the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, 2007/2008 (38 p.) by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (April 15, 2009)
The Report to Congress on the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, 2007/2008, discusses the need for domestic violence shelters and services and how FVPSA grant programs are meeting those needs. The Report further includes information on the Shelter Study Evaluation, Prioritizing Children and Youth, and the DELTA Program.

Report to Congress on the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, 2005-2006 (57 p.) by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (March 27, 2007) 
The 2005-2006 Report to Congress discusses the activities and accomplishments of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program. Information on Understanding the Scope and Impact of Domestic Violence; FVPSA Grants to States, Territories and Tribes; the National Domestic Violence Hotline; National and Special Issue Resource Centers; Culturally Specific Institutes; National Training Centers, and; Discretionary Grants and Collaborative Work.