Policy Brief: Summary of Provisions to Address Overlaop of Domestic Violence and Child Abuse in CAPTA/FVPSA Reauthorization

CAPTAOn December 20, 2010, President Obama signed into the law The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Reauthorization of 2010, (P.L. 111-320). While other legislation funds child welfare services, CAPTA is the only law dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, and despite relatively modest amounts of funding, serves as a driving force of child welfare practices in states. Also, included in the CAPTA reauthorization was the reauthorization of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) and the Abandoned Infants Assistance program. FVPSA is the only source of dedicated funding for victims of domestic violence and their children and supports the majority of the nation’s domestic violence shelters and services.

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