Who We Are
The Florida Partnership to End Domestic Violence (FPEDV) is a new membership-based partnership, nonprofit (501c3) organization originally formed by certified domestic violence centers in the state of Florida. Our mission is to eliminate domestic violence by promoting safe families and communities through empowerment-based advocacy; providing technical assistance to centers and providers; and engaging in systems and social change.
FPEDV is positioned to become Florida’s new federally recognized Domestic Violence Coalition with an inclusive, diverse membership and service model upholding the highest ethical standards for fiscal accountability and program effectiveness serving women, men and children who are survivors of domestic violence in every Florida County.
- In July 2020, FPEDV elected a Board of Directors, adopted bylaws modeled on other successful state coalitions with inclusive membership, and committed to providing accountability and fully transparent governance and financial information to state and federal public funding sources.
- FPEDV is committed to ethical governance, and many safeguards have been put into place to prevent corruption including full transparency, membership inclusion, board term limits and more.
What We Do
FPEDV member organizations are the experts on domestic violence and delivering services efficiently
and effectively. FPEDV will provide essential support to members through training, technical assistance,
advocacy and education based on experience serving Florida communities for more than 40 years and
drawing on national networks and resources.
Our mission is to eliminate domestic violence by promoting safe families and communities through empowerment-based advocacy; providing technical assistance to centers and providers; and engaging in systems and social change.
- Provides education, support and technical assistance for DV service providers to effectively operate emergency shelter and supportive services for survivors of domestic violence and their dependents.
- Serves as an information clearinghouse, primary point of contact, and resource center on domestic violence in the state of Florida; follows and provides updates on relevant national developments.
- Supports the development of policies, protocols and procedures to enhance domestic violence intervention and prevention in Florida.
- Works cooperatively with all related state and federal agencies to provide the highest level of safety and services to adult and children survivors of domestic violence.
Why Does Florida Need a Domestic Violence Coalition?
State Domestic Violence Coalitions were initiated through the federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to coordinate a statewide domestic violence response. Each state must have one federally recognized Domestic Violence Coalition to access the federal funding from FVPSA that is critical to supporting statewide domestic violence services.
- In response to the crisis created by dissolving Florida’s previous coalition during 2020, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) assumed temporary direct responsibility for funding and oversight; however, this temporary oversight does not ultimately fulfill FVPSA’s requirement for a Florida Domestic Violence Coalition.
- Florida no longer has a federally recognized Domestic Violence Coalition to access and protect federal funding for Florida’s 41 certified domestic violence centers, to coordinate statewide service improvements and address emerging issues, or to provide essential technical assistance and training on issues that affect domestic violence survivors to local programs.
- Nationally, domestic violence coalitions are critical partners with government, private industry, non-profit and faith-based communities, and other stakeholders to effectively coordinate and improve the safety-net of services available to victims and their dependents.