AUSTIN, TX — On December 20, Home and Senate Management launched their remaining Fiscal Yr 2023 spending bundle, which allocates $20 million for the Nationwide Home Violence Hotline (The Hotline), together with direct assist for StrongHearts Native Helpline. It is a important enhance for the group which is experiencing the best contact quantity in its 26-year historical past. The bundle allotted a complete of $240 million for The Household Violence Prevention and Providers Act (FVPSA), the first federal funding stream devoted to supporting emergency shelters and associated help for survivors of home violence and their youngsters. The invoice encourages wanted exploration of evidence-based greatest practices for anti-violence intervention and prevention. The invoice additionally consists of elevated funding in quite a lot of essential home violence applications and providers, together with a lot wanted culturally particular providers for survivors of home violence and sexual assault.
“We perceive that Congress should stability so many crucial priorities of their funding bundle, and we’re so grateful that members have heard and understood the wants of survivors,” mentioned Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of the Nationwide Home Violence Hotline. “This funding will permit The Hotline to proceed to spend money on our 24/7 providers and increase capability to reply the decision of these impacted by relationship abuse. The Hotline gives our profound due to Home and Senate management, the appropriations committee, and its workers for his or her dedication to survivors and bi-partisan settlement on this important funding to make sure crucial assist, sources, and providers to these impacted by home violence.”
The Hotline has served greater than 6.5 million individuals since 1996, and the necessity for our providers continues to develop. On common, The Hotline and our youth relationship abuse schooling and prevention challenge, love is respect, obtain practically 3,000 calls, chats, and texts (contacts) daily. Earlier than the pandemic, the everyday every day contact quantity was, on common, 800-1,200 contacts. We’ve got labored intently with members of Congress and their workers to make sure they perceive the rising and critical wants of survivors all through this nation. We’re extremely grateful they have been in a position to present an elevated funding that may assist be certain that we will proceed to be right here for survivors after they want assist.
The Nationwide Home Violence Hotline envisions a world the place all relationships are constructive, wholesome, and free from violence. For those who or somebody you recognize is experiencing relationship abuse in any type, assist is obtainable. The Nationwide Home Violence Hotline gives free, confidential assist 24/7/365. Textual content START to 88788, name 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or chat on-line at TheHotline.org. You aren’t alone.