Our History

History of Agency

Since 1975, CFPA has changed locations, added departments, programs, services, and directors with one goal in mind: to better serve the needs of our community.

1975 – Establish agency as Rape Crisis Hotline to serve people in crisis from sexual assault and set up hotline at Allied Agencies.

1976 – Add Domestic Violence Services, including safe shelter rooms at the Peoria YWCA.

1978 – Agency name changes to Tri-County WomenStrength.

1979 – Move emergency shelter to an old house on Monroe Street and several years later to an old house on Bestor Street.

1984 – Add Elder Abuse services along with “Better Safe Than Sorry” sexual abuse prevention education for elementary school children. CFPA begins offering services to male victims of domestic violence.

1985 – Build a new emergency shelter at 720 Joan Court in Peoria with the support of a community capital campaign.

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 batterer’s re-education program.

Host first Partners in Peace Awards Luncheon.

2001 – 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 – Acquire 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.

2017 – Re-introduce Safe From the Start, a program for children ages 0-5 years who have been victims of or witnessed an act of violence at home or in the community.

2018 – Add Human Trafficking Services department.

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