History

The Family Peace Initiative (FPI) is a certified batterers intervention program operated by Halley Counseling Services, P.A. Presently, FPI operates 11 groups in 4 communities throughout eastern Kansas. Along with direct service, the staff of the FPI conduct trainings through workshops and conferences focusing on batterers intervention facilitation and batterers motivation.

FPI was born out of the work of Dorthy Stucky Halley, MSW, and Steve Halley, LSCSW. Dorthy received grant funding for a batterers intervention program in the earky 1990’s. In 2002, significant program changes occurred and FPI was born. A new curriculum was created and a new focus on intervention was undertaken that was research and evidence based.

In 2007 the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Kansas Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence (KCSDV) along with the Topeka YWCA, invited Halley Counseling to participate in a pilot project focusing on people who were on parole for domestic violence offenses. The project was terminated as a result of the economic crash 2008. At that time, Halley Counseling and the YWCA agreed that the program would be maintained and worked together to keep the Family Peace Initiative in operation.

Today: FPI not only operates 11 classes in 4 communities throughout the eastern part of Kansas, but also operates the Peaceful Families Program in the Topeka Correctional Facility. In addition, FPI consults with the Kansas Department of Corrections, assisting in establishing a batterer intervention program in prison facilities and parole offices.

Along with direct service, the staff of the FPI conduct trainings through workshops and conferences around the midwest focusing on batterers intervention facilitation and batterers motivation. The Family Peace Initiative Training Series has been established to advance the skills of those who facilitate batterer intervention programs. Our “Cracking The Code” workshop has brought a new understanding to the field of domestic violence as to the motivations of those who batter.