About

  • The Mission of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program is to provide comprehensive support and advocacy services to victim/survivors, focusing on immediate and long-term safety, empowerment, dignity, and hope. In collaboration with the community, we strive to end domestic abuse through education, accountability, and social justice.

    DVIP provides services to victim/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and human trafficking. In today’s society, intimate partner violence is widely known to be one of the greatest physical dangers to women. Women, men and children are murdered each year and the risk of child abuse is much greater in households where domestic violence occurs. Responding to intimate partner violence is critical and requires a community-wide effort. Support for victims of intimate partner violence and their loved ones is available in Johnson, Iowa, Cedar, Des Moines, Henry, Lee, Van Buren and Washington Counties through the Domestic Violence Intervention Program.
  • 1977

    The University of Iowa’s Women’s Resource and Action Center
    recieves a grant to explore the problem of Domestic Violence in our community.

    1979

    Aid and Alternatives to Victims of Spouse Abuse was established

    1980

    The Domestic Violence Intervention Program shelter was opened
    offering counseling and a 24-hour crisis line.

    1980’s

    the program grew to add additional staff

    1984

    Expanded Shelter

    1986

    “Mandatory arrest law” goes into effect, arrest rate increased by 54% in a six month time period;
    DVIP experienced a 300% increase in requests for service.

    1991

    DVIP’s service area grows to include Cedar, Washington and Iowa Counties

    1993

    construction of a 13 room shelter is complete

    1994

    Jones County is added to our service area

    2010

    Established a “Transitional Housing Program” to assist families with housing and rent for an entire year

    2013

    State regionalization of Domestic Violence Programs changes our service area to cover these 8 counties
    –Johnson, Iowa, Cedar, Washington, Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Van Buren

  • Brad Kunkel, Board Co-Chair
    Melisa Henley, Board Co-Chair
    Melissa Schooley, Treasurer
    Finnegan Meadows, Recorder
    Katie Patel
    Liz Caldwell
    Mike McKay
    Theresa Mapel
    Deb Mulford
    Philip Wiese

     

     

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