Who We Are

Mission Statement & Purpose

The Family Peace Initiative is dedicated to ending family violence through compassion, integrity and expertise. FPI is focused on treating every individual who walks through our doors with respect and dignity. The process of changing behavior begins with a safe environment where self-exploration can occur. We are committed to creating this space for those we serve.


The Family Peace Initiative (FPI) is a certified battering 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 conducts training through workshops and conferences focusing on battering intervention facilitation and battering motivation.

FPI was born out of the work of Dorthy Stucky Halley, LMSW, and Steve Halley, LSCSW. Dorthy received grant funding for a battering intervention program in the early 1990s. 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 of 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 offers the battering intervention work in corrections for youth facilities, and women's prisons for Women and Gender Divers populations. In addition, FPI consults with the Kansas Department of Corrections, assisting in establishing a battering intervention program in prison facilities and parole offices.

Along with direct service, the staff of the FPI conducts training through workshops and conferences around the midwest focusing on battering intervention facilitation and battering motivation. The Family Peace Initiative Training Series has been established to advance the skills of those who facilitate battering 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.

FPI Approach

The Family Peace Initiative is committed to creating a culture of safety, emotional health, and cruelty-free accountability through the use of compassion, integrity, and expertise. 

The FPI Approach is built on Compassion, Integrity and Expertise. This unique approach combines many trusted and evidence-based approaches to transformational change including (but not limited to) Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral concepts, Rational-Emotive Behavioral concepts, Internal-Focused Dialogue, Polyvagal Theory, and Mindfulness. 

Compassion: We bring compassion to this work at every step of the process. Some examples of this that are essential to the FPI Approach are that we...

  • Build Relationship and Connection with those we serve;
  • Acknowledge impacts of trauma;
  • Meet people where they are in their change process;
  • Let participants decide their pace of their change process; and
  • Hold reasonable expectations for participants, co-facilitators, and ourselves 

Integrity: We acknowledge that we can not teach people how to build trusting, healthy relationships if we are not willing to be trustworthy ourselves. Because of this, we...

  • Strive to do what we say we will do, and expect the same from participants
  • Take accountability when we fall short, and expect the same from participants
  • Victim-centered, never losing sight of the tremendous impact of cruelty
  • Trust the Process. 
  • Lead by example.

Expertise: As facilitators, we understand it is our role to be highly knowledgeable in a number of areas in addition to curriculum-based information which include...

  • Teaching through role-modeling and storytelling;
  • The responsible pursuit of vulnerability; 
  • Understanding and ability to navigate the [Funnel Process: PDF pop up in new window], which is an Internal-Focused Dialogue that includes emotional awareness, beliefs such as Shadow and Golden Shadow, and the power of the Enlightened Witness; 
  • Understanding and ability to apply the [River of Cruelty Model: PDF pop up in new window]; 
  • Understanding and ability to apply the [Motivations of Battering: PDF pop up in new window]; and
  • The ability to adapt and adjust as new research and/or practices become known.

New facilitators may achieve proficiency in this approach through a combination of training and in-the-field practice. This approach is intensive and often takes 1 - 3 years before facilitators consistently demonstrate this proficiency. 

This approach can be effective in many environments and with most curricula. It is particularly effective at inviting transformational change when used with the Family Peace Initiative suite of curriculums. 

Evidence of Effectiveness:

The Family Peace Initiative is continually evaluating the effectiveness of our BIP program. Findings of that evaluation, and evaluation by independent third parties are as follows:

Recidivism Rate of FPI Graduates in Shawnee County, Kansas:

Since 2010, the Shawnee County District Attorney’s office in Shawnee County, Kansas, has independently reviewed a list of individuals who have completed FPI BIP. They have established that graduates of FPI’s BIP have an overall recidivism rate of 21%. This percentage takes into account new arrests and new filings of PFA’s in Shawnee County, Kansas.  

While the evidence seems clear that change can happen at the Family Peace Initiative, victims and partners should never build a false hope that because an abusive partner is in a battering intervention program, change will occur.

AGs Report

I am loving this program, I use it every week. It is moving people forward!

—Valerie Waterland, Relationship Counselor with Washington State Certified DVIT Provider

What an important program and source for everyone involved in this learning process. It was an eye opening experience and I have a lot to learn to do justice in presenting it to our folks. With such a wise and experienced group of facilitators I should take comfort in knowing I have some terrific teachers right here in this building, on this floor."

—Zach Stout, II, Program Consultant, Wichita Parole Office