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Rep. Kim Speaks on House Floor

Apr 13, 2023 | Press Releases

Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-40), who serves as co-chair on the Maternity Care Caucus, joined Reps. Lucy McBath (GA-07), Gwen Moore (WI-04) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) to introducethe Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act to protect victims of domestic violence. 

Nearly 20 people are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States every single minute, which adds up to more than 10 million women and men each year. Unfortunately, the impacts of domestic violence on victims worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Kim.No victim should ever feel alone. Funding from the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act provides domestic violence resources to more than 1.3 million victims and their children every year. I will continue to do all I can to support commonsense policies that uplift domestic violence victimsand ensurelifesaving resources and treatment are available in California’s 40th District.” 

“The anguish of far too many survivors of domestic violence is a painful and unshakeable reminder of our fundamental need to put an end to it. We must do all we can to keep children and families safe, and we are long past due for a reauthorization of these vital programs,” said Rep. McBath. “This is one more step we have taken together as we move toward answering the call of state, local, and tribal leadership for more resources and increased funding to help end domestic violence. This bill helps provide survivors a way up, a way out, and a way forward.” 

“FVPSA supports culturally competent, trauma-informed services and emergency housing for those facing violence and abuse. This funding is lifesaving, ensuring programs are available when a survivor is in danger and home isn’t safe. As a survivor and federal lawmaker, I am proud to help secure robust funding to ensure FVPSA can support those experiencing abuse when it’s needed most,” said Rep. Moore. 

“Domestic violence affects families and communities across the nation, and victims and survivors deserve stronger and meaningful protections,” said Rep. Fitzpatrick. “Our bipartisan Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act funds important resources for protection and prevention, and I am proud to join my colleagues in standing up for victims of domestic violence.” 

The bipartisan Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Actfunds emergency shelters and supportresources for survivors and initiatives to end domestic violence, with programs that:  

  • Connect victims, including individuals from underserved and minority groups and disabled individuals, and their children to cultural- and languagespecific services that disrupt the cycle of violence;  

  • Coordinate state- and territory-wide initiatives to address domestic violence;   

  • Establish the National Domestic Violence Hotline, that victims often make the first call to, and a Domestic Violence Resource Network that provides training and technical assistance to first responders;   

  • Provide DELTA Prevention Grants, which help communities to stop abuse before it starts. 

Rep. Kim supported this bill on the House floor in the 117th Congress. 

You can find the link to the text HERE. 

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