Services are provided in a non-judgmental response to the needs of the people we serve. Each individual is encouraged to understand and exercise her/his right to self-determination with the goal of eliminating abuse and violence in interpersonal conflict.
HISTORY OF AGENCY
1975 – Agency established as Rape Crisis Hotline to serve people in crisis from sexual assault. A hotline was set up at Allied Agencies.
1976 – Domestic violence services were added, including safe shelter rooms at the Peoria YWCA.
1978 – Agency name changed to Tri-County WomenStrength.
1979 – Emergency shelter moved to an old house on Monroe Street and several years later to an old house on Bestor Street.
1984 – Elder abuse services added along with “Better Safe Than Sorry” sexual abuse prevention education for elementary school children.
1985 – A new emergency shelter was built at 720 Joan Court in Peoria with the support of a community capital campaign. At the time, it was one of only four buildings in the entire country designed and newly constructed specifically to be a shelter for battered women. It houses up to 35 women and children.
1989 – Establish Order of Protection office at the Peoria County Courthouse.
Launch first Duck Race which continues to be the agency’s biggest fundraiser.
1990 – State of Illinois passes the Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Act and contracts with the agency to investigate all cases within a six county area.
1991 – Establish Order of Protection office at the Tazewell County Courthouse along with a counseling office.
1993 – Agency name changed to The Center for Prevention of Abuse.
1994 – Implement Family Violence Intervention Project, a batterers re-education program, which is now located in East Peoria.
Host first Partners in Peace Awards Luncheon.
1995 – Add Long Term Care Ombudsman Program to protect rights and safety of residents in licensed long term care facilities.
2001 – Launch $4.2M campaign to centralize and expand programming at 720 Joan Court.
2004 – Campaign results in building two additions to the emergency shelter at Joan Court – a building for counseling, education and administration and an apartment building called Next Step Transitional Housing.
2011 – Acquired Carol House of Hope, a domestic violence shelter in Pekin.
2012 – Launch “A Million Ways to Prevent Abuse” campaign to expand prevention education.
2013 – Programming for Elder Abuse expands to Adult Protective Services.