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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Family Violence Prevention – Specialized Services for Abused Parents and Their Children (Demonstration Projects)

Deadline: June 5, 2020

The Family Violence Prevention and Services – Specialized Services for Abused Parents and Their Children (Demonstration Projects) will support up to 26 demonstration projects. Funded projects will focus on expanding their capacity (as family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence coalitions; local programs; tribal communities; and community-based programs) to prevent future domestic violence by addressing, in a developmentally appropriate manner, the needs of children exposed to family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence.

Recipients will provide trauma-informed, developmentally and age-appropriate services, that are culturally relevant and linguistically accessible to victims and children exposed to family violence, domestic violence, and/or dating violence, many of whom have also experienced child abuse and neglect. Recipients will provide services for nonabusing parents to support their role as caregivers and their role in responding to the social, emotional, and developmental needs of their children. Where appropriate, recipients will provide services while working with a nonabusing parent and child together.

Each recipient must address the needs of abused parents and children and youth exposed to DV and contribute to the knowledge base for children’s domestic violence (DV) programs focused on children and youth by:

  • Improving systems and responses to abused parents and their children and youth exposed to DV across the targeted community, state, or tribe, by: 1) Developing and enhancing community-based interventions for children and youth exposed to DV whose parents may or may not have sought services of support from a DV program and addressing barriers that may have precluded them from doing so; 2) Developing and disseminating guidelines for service providers or for other organizations and agencies that impact children and youth exposed to DV in the targeted community, state, or tribe; and/or 3) Providing training or technical assistance to achieve positive change and implementation of interventions to improve worker support and identification of children and youth exposed to DV in one or more systems that impact child and youth development, family independence, and self-sufficiency, such as early childhood education (including Head Start, Early Head Start, childcare, etc.) and educational systems, child protective services/child welfare systems, child support enforcement, public benefits [(e.g., The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), housing, earned income tax credit (EITC)], healthcare, faith-based programs, and/or family courts and the legal system.
  • Coordinating or providing new or enhanced residential and non-residential services for children and youth exposed to DV by: 1) Enhancing and testing service/program models, implementation strategies, evaluation tools and measures; 2) Documenting and disseminating lessons learned; 3) Generating the development, adoption, and evaluation of innovative (e.g., arts, movement, and mindfulness interventions), trauma-informed and culturally relevant interventions that promote and/or strengthen the parent-child bond and reinforces the engagement of the nonabusing parent for abused parents and/or their children and youth exposed to DV; and 4) Expanding provision of safe, structured contact, engagement, and/or parenting time with the parent who uses abuse when it is safe and meaningful to do so.
  • Enhancing evidence-informed and practice-informed services, strategies, advocacy and interventions for children and youth exposed to DV by: 1) Providing peer-to-peer technical assistance within the network of demonstration projects; 2) Developing a plan to evaluate practices and measure programming outcomes in partnership with the National Capacity Building Center to Expand Services for Children, Youth, and Abused Parents Impacted by Domestic Violence (ESCYAP) (see separate solicitation at: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-EV-1157_1.pdf); and 3) Documenting lessons learned and implementation strategies to share with the broader field.

Amount: $8,250,000 is available for up to 26 awards ranging from $300,000-$600,000 each for a 24-month project period.

Eligibility: a local agency (agency that serves a local jurisdiction); a nonprofit private organization including faith-based and charitable organizations, community-based organizations, and voluntary associations (providing services for a city, county, region, state or territory); or a tribal organization (serving tribal communities).

Link: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2020-ACF-ACYF-EV-1812

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