DAP At A Glance

We Work to Stop Domestic Violence Today

We do this one family at a time, using our proven counseling and advocacy programs.


We Work to Prevent Domestic Violence Tomorrow

In partnership with other organizations in our community and across the state, DAP is leading the charge to build better systems that will prevent domestic abuse.


Our History

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 the family.
  • Domestic abuse is a 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: men, women, and children.

Last year DAP therapy staff provided services to 600 people: 389 men, 142 women, and 69 children and adolescents. 



Our advocates provide a range of advocacy services to survivors of domestic abuse. We can help you find safe shelter, obtain an Order for Protection, change your locks, and more.  Court advocates help victims to navigate the complicated court system, so that their voices are heard.

Last year DAP advocates helped 2,053 people to feel safe from domestic violence.


Systems Change

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.



DAP’s 2017 operating budget $1.7 million.

Our revenue comes from:

  • United Way
  • Foundations and Corporations
  • Individual Contributions
  • Federal Funds (VAWA)
  • City of Minneapolis
  • State of Minnesota
  • Hennepin County
  • Service fees (3%)

Our expenses go to:

  • Programs (76%)
  • Staff Training (5%)
  • Administration (19%)