Domestic Abuse Grant Programs and Practicies in Nine States

In January 2014, Connie Neal, the Executive Director of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV), discussed concerns raised by the office that administers the federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA)1 Program. FVPSA is a key federal funding source for local domestic violence services and support for victims and their children throughout the United States and six U.S. territories. Neal requested a study be undertaken to discover how other states supported local programs that provide services for victims of domestic violence and their children. She was also interested in what sources and amounts of funding were being awarded in those states. Other relevant information was also sought in order to fully understand leadership for addressing domestic violence in selected states and how they secure funds, administer grant programs and oversee local domestic violence emergency shelter and other services. Further, it was requested that information be gathered about the role of the state coalition and the philosophy of services and support for victims and their children in those states.

The intention of this report is to assist the NYSCADV by gleaning insight about the orientation, structure, philosophy and funding for services and support for victims of domestic violence and their children.

Follow this link to access the full Domestic Abuse Grant Programs and Practices in Nine States report.

FEEDBACK REQUEST: New York State Domestic Violence Funding And Confidentiality Survey Draft

At the 2015 Annual Meeting, NYSCADV made the following announcement and invitation, that we would like to extend to those not in attendance at the meeting:

As requested by membership, we are preparing to conduct an extensive statewide survey regarding the funding of domestic violence services in New York State. The survey will be designed to:

  • Get a clear picture of the current New York State funding structure
  •  Better understand the current funding structure's effects on survivors' privacy, safety, and ability to access services
  •  Explore the current structure's effects on programs and their ability to provide survivor-centered, trauma informed services
  •  Gather feedback and ideas from programs on ways to modify the current structure to improve access and ensure stable funding

We are currently soliciting feedback from domestic violence programs, funders, and allies regarding the design of the survey. If you are interested in reviewing the survey and providing comments, suggested additions and changes before it is launched, please follow this link to the draft survey. Provide comments and feedback using track changes, then send your updated document to