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Extension of Services to Help Battered Women

Posted at: 11/13/2012 7:11 AM

Another advocacy group is coming to the aid of the financially-strapped Range Women's Advocates in Virginia.

Advocates for Family Peace (AFFP) has been serving families experiencing domestic violence for over 30 years in Itasca County, MN.

AFFP is working to extend its services to families experiencing domestic violence in northern St. Louis County. AFFP is in communication with the Range Women's Advocates board of directors.

It is the goal of AFFP to have no disruption of services to victims of domestic violence and their children in northern St. Louis County.

RWA is facing the potential of having to close, because of a loss of state funding. On Friday, four of the seven on staff are being laid off.

In addition, it is also the goal of AFFP to continue the Range Intervention Program (R.I.P.) batterers intervention groups and the group for women who have been arrested. During this period of transition, victims of domestic violence can continue to call the Range Women's Advocates office at 218-749-5054 or 800-343-5054 and can now also call Advocates for Family Peace office at 218-326-0388 or 800-909-8336.

AFFP is a six-program agency that serves victims of domestic violence and their children through advocacy, housing, batterers intervention program for men and fathers, groups for women who have been arrested, supervised visitation and exchange, and parent education.