Center for Prevention of Abuse

Center for Prevention of Abuse

To help all people—women, men and children—live free from violence and abuse.

To build a safe and peaceful community.

We are advocates for survivors of abuse in central Illinois. We are therapists, caseworkers, counselors, speakers, trainers, crisis managers, leaders and community educators. We are here, even when it’s hard to talk. When you’re ready, so are we.

We believe everyone deserves peace, every day, everywhere, any time—at home, in the workplace, at school and out in the community.

A pioneer in providing services to victims of violence, the Center for Prevention of Abuse (CFPA) has grown from a single rape crisis hotline started in 1975 to a highly respected statewide leader in working to end abuse and break the cycle of generational violence.

The Center for Prevention of Abuse is the only agency authorized by the State of Illinois to provide a combination of domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual abuse, human trafficking and adult protective services for survivors of abuse. Annually, CFPA serves more than 5,000 women, men and children affected by violence and abuse. CFPA offers school-based abuse prevention programming to students pre-K through college age, reaching nearly 35,000 young people each year.

Through these activities, plus community presentations and trainings, CFPA lives out its mission to help everyone—women, men and children—live free from violence and abuse. Visit or call (309) 691-0551 for more information. The crisis line, 1-800-559-SAFE (7233), is available 24/7, and all victim services are free and confidential.

How to Help
CFPA is always looking for passionate and compassionate individuals to join our mission of helping all people live free from violence and abuse. From attending our special events to volunteering your time to monetary gifts and in-kind donations, there are many ways you can have a positive impact on those we serve.

We are thankful for our longtime supporters, community partners and dedicated staff for their help in creating and maintaining a safe place for survivors.

CFPA has a number of volunteer opportunities for interested individuals and groups, and updates the list of donation needs frequently on the website. For information about volunteering or to inquire about donations, visit or call (309) 691-0551.

Center for Prevention of Abuse
720 W. Joan Ct.
Peoria, IL 61614
PO Box 3855
Peoria, IL 61612
(309) 691-0551
Crisis Hotline: 800-559-SAFE

Facebook: @centerforpreventionofabuse
Twitter: @CFPApeoria
Instagram: @CFPApeoria

Carol Merna, Chief Executive Officer
Joyce DeRenzy, Chief Operating Officer
Camille Yameen, Director of Marketing and Communications