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July/August 2023Vol. 24, No. 6New ACF Office Prioritizes Domestic Violence Prevention

In response to the public health crisis that is domestic and intimate partner violence, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced the creation of a new office charged with leading the agency's comprehensive approach to domestic violence prevention and administering the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA).

The newly established Office of Family Violence Prevention and Services (OFVPS) provides FVPSA funding to communities to address and prevent domestic violence, strengthen and expand community-based services, increase supports for adult and child survivors, and elevate public awareness efforts.

At the federal level, OFVPS serves as advisor to all senior leaders in ACF and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and it works closely with the Office of Trafficking in Persons and others across HHS to provide equitable trauma-informed assistance for adults, children, and youth.   

To learn more, such as how the creation of new office precipitated the realignment of ACF programs and what OFVPS' goal priorities entail, visit the OFVPS website and read HHS’ press release and "Ushering in Meaningful Change for Survivors and Introducing ACF's New Office of Family Violence Prevention and Services" in ACF's The Family Room Blog.