Healing lives broken by family violence.
At Domestic Abuse Project, we know how to end the cycle of abuse.
For the last 35 years Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) has served the community with innovative and successful programming to end the inter-generational cycle of domestic violence.
We have made it our mission to work with all affected members of the family–mean, women, and children–to stop domestic violence as it occurs and prevent it in the future.
DAP Advocacy provides immediate assistance for survivors of domestic abuse and their families. Our advocates help victims develop safety plans, file protective orders, and find safe shelter. They also reach out to all victims of domestic violence identified in Minneapolis police reports to provide ongoing support and make critical resource referrals.
DAP Therapy works with adult male perpetrators of violence, adult women survivors of violence, and children and adolescents who have witnessed or experienced abuse. Each team of therapists—the Men’s Team, Women’s Team, and Children’s Team—offer group and individual counseling sessions.
- The Women’s Program works with clients to help them understand the abuse as part of a larger, systemic issue, and to heal and move on.
- The Children’s Program works with clients who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence (and often have also begun to demonstrate violent tendencies themselves) to understand and articulate that the violence was not their fault, and that they are not alone. Often these teams work collaboratively to serve a whole family – to understand the violence in a larger context, to build healthy relationships, and to heal.
- The Men’s Program works with clients to help them take responsibility for their abusive behavior and develop a Maintenance Plan to help them sustain healthy relationships.
- CHANGE STEP is DAP’s newest program. Building on the successful curriculum developed the traditional men’s group, CHANGE STEP incorporates the language and tenor of military culture to better respond to the needs of veterans in our community. CHANGE STEP is now available for organizations to implement in their own community. Click here to learn more!