WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $270,038 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Family Violence Prevention and Services formula grants program, which received additional funding in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). This funding will be used to provide temporary housing, assistance, and supportive services to victims of family, domestic, and dating violence in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Additionally, the CARES Act appropriated $2,000,000 for the National Domestic Violence Hotline to provide remote services in response to the coronavirus public health emergency
“We must make sure that our essential services stay open and accessible to West Virginians amid the coronavirus pandemic,” said Senator Capito. “Community support is such an important aspect in addressing assault and abuse within families, as well as proving resources so victims can receive the help they need. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we support or neighbors and fellow West Virginians. I have heard from advocacy organizations and experts who are concerned about this pandemic’s impact on domestic violence. These funds will help West Virginia better assist women and families who need it.
“With stay at home orders in place across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, domestic violence is rising. This funding will provide essential support at a crucial time and is critical to ensuring that all West Virginians have access to housing, assistance, and supportive services, should they need it. I will continue to fight for more funding that provides protection and support to West Virginians during this crisis,” said Senator Manchin.