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93.591 Family Violence Prevention and Services/State Domestic Violence Coalitions




Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, as amended; Child Abuse Amendments of 1984, Title III, Public Law 98-457; Child Abuse Prevention, Adoption and Family Services Act of 1988, Title III, Public Law 100-294, as amended; Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Title IV, Public Law 103-322, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 10401; Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Amendments of 1996, Public Law 104-235; Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Title II, Public Law 106-836.
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To provide funding for State* Domestic Violence Coalitions (Coalitions) to collaborate with States, tribes, localities, cities, and the private sector in connection with State and local planning to create and sustain an integrated service delivery approach that meets the needs of all victims, including adults and youth representing underserved communities, and racial and ethnic minority populations; to provide training and technical assistance to domestic violence programs and other direct service providers; to increase public awareness about the prevention of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence; and to increase the quality and availability of immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and their dependents.

* Includes each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.


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State domestic violence coalitions may use funds under the Act to support a range of activities, including working with local domestic violence programs and providers of direct services to encourage appropriate responses to domestic violence within the State; working with judicial and law enforcement agencies to encourage appropriate responses to domestic violence cases and examine legal issues; working with family law judges, criminal court judges, Child Protective Services agencies, and children's advocates to develop appropriate responses to child custody and visitation issues in domestic violence cases as well as cases where domestic violence and child abuse are both present; conducting public education campaigns regarding domestic violence through the use of public service announcements and informative materials that are designed for print media, billboards, public transit advertising, electronic broadcast media, and other vehicles for information including information aimed at underserved racial, ethnic or language-minority populations; and participating in planning and monitoring the distribution of grants and grant funds within the State under Section 303(a) of the Act. (See CFDA 93.671, Family Violence Prevention and Services: Grants to State and Indian Tribes.)


Applicant Eligibility:   To be eligible for a grant under this Section, an entity shall be a statewide nonprofit State Domestic Violence Coalition or territory.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   This program will benefit victims of domestic violence, their children and other dependents, their families, and other persons affected by such violence including friends, relatives, and the general public.

Credentials/Documentation:   Applications must be submitted for approval by the Secretary of Heath and Human Services. Costs will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR 74.

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Pre-application Coordination:   None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Applications must be submitted to the Administration for Children and Families. No standard application forms are required. The annual Federal Register notice contains all necessary application information. Contact Headquarters Office listed below for further information.

Award Procedure:   Funds are awarded directly to State Domestic Violence Coalitions.

Deadlines:   Deadlines are specified in the Federal Register notice. Contact Headquarters Office listed below for further information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Not applicable.

Appeals:   See 45 CFR 16, Procedures of the Department Appeals Board.

Renewals:   Not applicable.


Formula and Matching Requirements:   Not less than 10 percent of the amount available for grants will be made available to the State Domestic Violence Coalition in each of the 50 States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Grants for the combined U.S. Territories of Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa shall not receive less than 1.5 percent of the funds appropriated for each fiscal year.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   The annual grant award must be expended by each State Domestic Violence Coalition by the end of the fiscal year following the fiscal year for which funds are awarded. Payments are made through the Electronic Transfer System.


Reports:   Each State Domestic Violence Coalition receiving amounts under this section shall submit an annual report to the Secretary describing the coordination, training and technical assistance, and public education services performed with the grant funds received and evaluating the effectiveness of those services.

Audits:   Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92 and OMB Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:   State coalitions are required to maintain records documenting the purposes for which expenditures were made. Requirements are found in 45 CFR Part 92.


Account Identification:   75-1536-0-1-506.

Obligations:   (Grants) FY 01 $11,691,800; FY 02 est $12,445,900; and FY 03 est $12,445,900.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
In FY 2015, each State and Territorial Coalition was awarded $241,071.
In FY 2016, each State and Territorial Coalition was awarded $258,929.

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During fiscal year 2001, 53 grants were made to State Domestic Violence Coalitions for coordination, training, technical assistance, and public education activities. It is anticipated that 53 grants will be awarded in fiscal years 2002 and 2003.


No regulations codified. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published December 10, 1993, at 45 CFR 1370.


Regional or Local Office:   Not applicable.

Headquarters Office:  
Angela H Yannelli 330 C Street, SW, Suite 3621B, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: 2024015524

Web Site Address:


Based on State and local priorities, Domestic Violence Coalitions determine the activities to be funded for training and technical assistance, public information and education, and coordination with other governmental systems in developing and improving comprehensive services.


Each State Domestic Violence Coalition will receive its respective share of funds if the application submitted meets the necessary requirements.

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