At DAP our mission is simple, we work to stop domestic violence. We do this
one man at a time, one woman at a time and one child at a time, using our proven counseling and educational programs.
To stop domestic violence we also work to prevent it. We do this with individuals, but also by working closely with partner organizations throughout our community.
DAP’s partnerships with community and policy leaders, with higher education, with law enforcement and court systems, and with human service organizations, have helped strengthen the community’s response to domestic violence on a daily basis.
DAP was founded in 1979 on a few radical notions:
- Working with perpetrators of abuse is essential to ending abuse.
- Domestic violence affects every member of a family.
- Domestic abuse is learned behavior, and therefore can be unlearned.
- Domestic abuse is a human rights issue.
- Many victims do not want their relationship to end, they want the abuse to end.
DAP offers group and individual counseling for every member of a family. In addition, DAP offers partnership programs in the community that allow DAP to reach people where they’re at. Last year, DAP therapy staff provided services to 593 people: 382 men, 142 women, and 69 children and adolescents.
Community advocates provide help in the form of finding shelter, obtaining Orders for Protection, lock changes, bus tickets and more. Court advocates help victims to navigate a complicated court system. A total of 2,042 participated in DAP’s Advocacy Programs last year (95% women, 5% men).
Changing Our Systems
No one organization can do it all. So DAP offers education and assistance to professionals in public policy, criminal justice, law enforcement, child welfare and healthcare, as well as students and community members.
Annual operating budget $1.5 million.
Revenue comes from:
- United Way
- Individual Contributions
- Federal Funds (VAWA)
- City of Minneapolis
- State of Minnesota
- Hennepin County
- Service fees (3%)
Expenses go to:
- Therapy & Advocacy (76%)
- Training (5%)
- Administration (19%)