Soler Lauds House for Passing Life-Saving Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Legislation
Family Violence Prevention Fund President Esta Soler issued the following statement after the House passed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act and Family Violence Prevention and Services Act
“Today the House of Representatives took a huge step to help victims of family violence in this country by passing the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). CAPTA is the nation’s preeminent program for preventing child abuse. The legislation passed today 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 will fund essential domestic violence shelters and services that provide life-saving help to women and children daily. It also supports domestic violence prevention programs and programs to help children exposed to violence, as well as doing more to address dating violence.
Domestic violence and child abuse are problems of epidemic proportions in this country, killing more than 2,000 women and children every year and injuring up to two million. The recession has only made it worse. More families experiencing abuse are seeking help from the system because they lack resources to protect themselves at exactly the time that states and localities are cutting back on funding due to lower revenues. Now more than ever, we need the federal government to step up and ensure that our most vulnerable victims of violence and abuse get the help they need.
We commend the House for passing this bill and especially thank Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Gwen Moore (D-WI) for their leadership. The House and Senate must now move quickly to reconcile the legislation so it can become law this year. There is no time to waste. The lives of countless women and children are at stake.”
The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to end violence against women and children around the world, because every person has the right to live free of violence. More information is available at www.endabuse.org.