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Since 1975, the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) has provided national leadership on youth and family issues. FYSB is a bureau within the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, at the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to support the organizations and communities that work every day to put an end to youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy and domestic violence.

Since 1984 with the passage of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), FYSB’s Division of Family Violence Prevention and Services Prevention (or the FVPSA Program) has offered families impacted by domestic violence connections to safety & support.

FVPSA formula grants are used to coordinate and/or fund programs that provide shelter and supportive services – such as legal advocacy, support groups, and children’s counseling – to victims of domestic violence and their children.

Currently, the FVPSA Program awards formula grants to:

  • States and territories,
  • Tribes and tribal organizations, and
  • State and territorial domestic violence coalitions.
To augment the services provided by its family violence prevention and services grant programs and to continually improve the systems that address domestic violence, FYSB funds the National Domestic Violence Hotline for victims and their families, and a network of resource and capacity building centers (the Domestic Violence Resource Network or DVRN) specializing in issues related to domestic violence, including:

  • three culturally specific institutes that promote culturally relevant services for victims of domestic violence, their families, and communities;
  • four special issue resource centers that provide specialized technical to improve the mental health, child protection and custody, criminal and civil justice, and health care systems’ response to domestic violence victims and their children;
  • one national resource center on domestic violence; and
  • one national Indian resource center to address domestic violence and safety for Indian women.
FYSB also funds other discretionary grant programs such as the LGBTQ Learning Capacity Center, the National Capacity Building Center to Expand Services to Child, Youth, and Parents Impacted by Domestic Violence, etc. that are a part of the DVRN.

For more information about the FYSB and its work, visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/ programs/fysb.


Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody.


1-800-52-PEACE or 1-800-527-3223
Email : info@rcdvcpc.org


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