On Friday, December 3, the United States Senate voted to reauthorize CAPTA and FVPSA and now we need the House to quickly take action before Congress adjourns for the year.
CAPTA is the nation’s preeminent program for preventing child abuse. It will improve services to victims of child abuse, and support programs so they can do more to help families that are experiencing both domestic violence and child maltreatment. FVPSA funds domestic violence shelters and services that provide life-saving help to women and children daily. It includes domestic violence prevention programs, and the legislation the Senate passed (S.3817) also includes new language to help children exposed to violence and better address dating violence.
The Administration agrees that the House should act quickly. White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Lynn Rosenthal posted on the Administration’s blog, “CAPTA and FVPSA will help end abuse, give hope to victims, and build strong families. We commend the Senate for taking the important step of passing this legislation, and urge the U.S. House of Representatives to act quickly to make these protections and services a reality.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 1,200 deaths and two million injuries to women from intimate partner violence each year. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that, on average, four or five women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends each day in this country. More than 15 million children in the United States are exposed to parental domestic violence and about 800,000 children experience abuse or neglect each year.
Now is the time to reach out to members of the House and ask them to support programs to help children who have been abused and neglected, and help women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
Time is running out. Call or email your Representative now!
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abuse and domestic violence and help heal those who have been hurt.
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask you to please take action right away to reauthorize the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). This legislation will save the lives of countless women and children.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]