Advocates for Family Peace
Advocates for Family Peace (AFFP) was incorporated in 1978 as the Adult Protection Council. It received its IRS 501(c) 3 status designation that same year. In its first years, the community advocacy services for domestic violence victims operated out of an old closet in the Itasca County courthouse. The agency operated with the assistance of volunteers and a few paid staff hours. The agency was reorganized in 1988 and became known as Advocates Against Domestic Abuse. The current name of the agency became official on January 1, 1998. The new name reflects the agency’s overall work in the community.
In 1990, the agency started its first transitional housing service. In 1992, the agency was forced to leave the free office space in the courthouse. The agency then operated out of its first rented space in Grand Rapids. In 1993, the agency obtained additional financing to provide advocacy for abused children. The additional services and financial stability reflected the general public awareness of domestic violence and efforts to provide intervention services. In 1995, with assistance from a project grant the agency began a structured program designed to hold abusers accountable for their actions and to teach behavior change in a program called the Intervention Program for Men. In 1997, AFFP began the Intervention Program for Women to address issues of women who use violence in family or intimate relationships.
In 2002, AFFP added two new programs, the Wellstone Family Safety Program (WFSP) and Parents Forever. The WFSP provides supervised visitation and exchanges for families where there has been domestic violence and/or child abuse. Parents Forever is an education program for parents and children experiencing divorce or separation.
In 2005, AFFP was selected by the United States Department of Justice to pilot a program working with men as fathers. AFFP added a component to the Intervention Program for Men to work with men about their role as fathers in the shadows of domestic violence and child abuse.
In 2007, AFFP began conducting national trainings and technical assistance on working with abusive men as fathers. In 2009, AFFP staff wrote a national curriculum and training course entitled, Addressing Fatherhood with Men Who Batter.
In 2012, AFFP opened a satelite office in Hibbing, MN to provide services to people living in northeastern St. Louis County.