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Advocacy & Support
Advocacy & Support
Advocates for Family Peace (AFFP) serves victims of intimate partner domestic violence. In particular, AFFP is organized to serve people experiencing an on-going pattern of coercion, intimidation, and emotional abuse, reinforced by the use and threat of physical and/or sexual violence.
The primary goal of advocacy is to increase safety for victims of domestic violence. We do this by listening closely to individuals and connecting them with the information, resources, and support they may need to make their own informed decisions.
Advocacy involves working with a victim of domestic violence to identify their individual needs as they strive to live a life free from violence and then developing a course of action to meet those needs. This can range from supportive listening and evaluating risks to providing assistance when a victim’s intimate partner has been arrested and/or assistance in filing a restraining order when needed.
Advocacy also involves working to make the legal and social systems effective, fair and accessible to victims of domestic violence.
All advocacy services are free and confidential.
What is the Intervention Program for Men and Fathers?
The Intervention Program for Men and Fathers (IPMF) is a community based program created for intervention in
cases involving domestic violence. The group process provides men an opportunity to critically examine their
actions, reflect on possible changes, and take informed actions to live a life free from violence. The primary goal
of the intervention is to stop the violence. The IPMF believes that given the right opportunity and willingness,
men can and will change.
The groups are designed to help men stop their violence by achieving six objectives:
- To help the group member understand how his abuse stems from belief systems that support his control of his
partner’s actions, thoughts, and feelings.
- To increase the group member’s willingness to change his actions by examining the negative effects of his
behavior on his relationship, his partner, his children, his friends, and himself.
- To encourage the group member to become accountable to those he has hurt through his use of violence by
helping him to acknowledge his abuse, accept responsibility for its impact on his partner and others, and take
specific steps to change.
What is the Intervention Program for Women?
The Intervention Program for Women is a community based program created to help women understand the violence in their lives – both the violence they are experiencing and the violence they are using and informed actions they can take to end both. The group process provides structured ways to examine and come to terms with the context, scope, and meaning of violence in each group member’s daily life.
What are the Objectives of the IPW Group?
- To help women step back from the immediacy of their situations to see the bigger picture. When women understand all the forces operating in their lives (e.g., economic, emotional, age, religious, cultural, peer pressure), they can chart a plan of action to reduce their use of violence and the violence being used against them.
- To challenge mystical thinking- thinking based on ideas we believe are true but in fact are someone else’s concept of reality.
- To facilitate dialogue leading participants to seek an explanation of what it is they are going through and what they might do to shape a future free of abuse, coercion, and violence- both their own violence and the violence being used against them.
Wellstone Family Safety Program (WFSP)
What is the Wellstone Family Safety Program?
When parents are divorced or separated and there has been a history of domestic violence, child abuse, stalking, and/or sexual abuse, the Wellstone Family Safety Program provides a safe option for supervised visitation between the non-custodial parent and their children and supervised exchanges provide for the transfer of children from one parent to the other without the parents having contact with each other.
What Services are Offered by the Wellstone Family Safety Program?
The Wellstone Family Safety Program provides three types of services:
- Supervised exchanges provide for the transfer of children from one parent to the other without the parents having contact with each other.
- Supervised visits provide a safe option for non-custodial parents to visit with their children.
- Correspondence services are provided to families who have unsupervised visitation within their homes, but need to make changes in the visitation schedule without having direct contact with each other.
How do I Receive Services?
The WFSP requires both parents complete an orientation to familiarize themselves with the staff, visitation space, to ask questions, and to review policies before services begin. To set up an orientation, please contact the WFSP at 1-800-909-8336 or (218)-326-0388.
It is important that all visits and exchanges are scheduled through the Wellstone Family Safety Program. Dates and times set up by referral agencies might not fit into the programs existing schedule.
Is there a Fee for Services?
The WFSP services are free to both the visiting and non-visiting parties.
Advocates for Family Peace raises public awareness by responding to requests for speakers and informational materials from civic groups, community organizations, businesses, schools, and colleges. You can request someone from AFFP to present on any of the following topics:
- Understanding Domestic Violence
- Men’s Use of Violence in Intimate Partner Relationships
- Women’s Use of Violence in Intimate Partner Relationships
- Teen Dating Violence
- The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children
- How to Actively Address Domestic Violence
- Community Involvment in Ending Domestic Violence
If you are interested in having someone from AFFP present please contact us at 218-326-0388.