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NCJ Number: 66390 Find in a Library
Title: STATEMENT BY THE FAMILY SERVICE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA AND THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES ON JULY 27, 1979 CONCERNING HR 2977 (FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE . . . - SEE NCJ-66387)
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Family Service Assoc of America
United States of America

National Conference of Catholic Charities
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Family Service Assoc of America
New York, NY 10010
National Conference of Catholic Charities
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Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES AND THE FAMILY SERVICE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA OFFER THEIR SUPPORT FOR HR 2977 THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES ACT, BUT CALL FOR MORE ATTENTION TO FAIMILY SERVICES.
Abstract: THE ASSOCIATION HAS BEEN THE MAJOR SERVICE ORGANIZATION THAT FOCUSES ON AMERICAN FAMILIES. THE CATHOLIC CONFERENCE IN ITS REFLECTION ON THE SOCIAL CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH HAS ALWAYS HAD A MAJOR COMMITMENT TO STRENGTHENING FAMILIES. THESE TWO ORGANIZATIONS HAVE WITNESSED THE GROWTH OF THE VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT. BOTH ORGANIZATIONS SUPPORT THE ATTENTION BEING GIVEN TO THE VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ASSAULT THROUGH HR 2977 AND ITS PROVISION FOR SHELTERS AND COUNSELING. YET BOTH ORGANIZATIONS FEEL THAT THE ADMINISTRATION HAS NOT ENCOURAGED LEADERSHIP OR RESEARCH CENTRALLY FOCUSED ON FAMILIES. THEREFORE THESE ORGANIZATIONS WOULD STRONGLY URGE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE (DHEW) ESTABLISH A BUREAU OF FAMILIES WHICH WOULD BE COMPARABLE TO THAT CREATED FOR CHILDREN, WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES. THE OFFICE WITH ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITY FOR A PROGRAM ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHOULD BE LOCATED WITHIN SUCH A BUREAU, AS VIOLENCE IN FAMILIES AFFECTS BOTH THE SPOUSE AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY STRUCTURE INCLUDING CHILDREN AND ELDERLY PARENTS. THE OFFICE SHOULD ENGAGE IN DATA COLLECTION AND BASIC RESEARCH TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF FAMILY VIOLENCE AND THE BEST TREATMENT FOR REHABILITATING INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES. ANY FUNDED PROGRAM WOULD THEN BE OBLIGED TO OFFER FAMILY COUNSELING. PREVENTION AS PROVIDED BY THE LEGISLATION, (HR 2977) SHOULD NOT ONLY REACH THE VICTIM SEEKING EMERGENCY SHELTER AND SERVICES AWAY FROM THE HOME (INTERVENTION) BUT ALSO THE VICTIM WHO RETURNS TO HIS OR HER FAMILY (PREVENTION). THE MAJORITY OF VICTIMS LEAVING A SHELTER RETURN TO THEIR FAMILIES. REHABILITATION AND ASSISTANCE TO A FAMILY IN WHICH THERE IS VIOLENCE CAN OCCUR IF SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE BEYOND THE TIME THE VICTIM IS RESIDING IN THE SHELTER. (MHP)
Index Term(s): Domestic assault; US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; Victim services
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