Violence Intervention Project

History

  • Violence Intervention Project (VIP) History Violence Intervention Project (VIP) was originally conceived in May 1990 by two groups of concerned local citizens: the Martha Ripley Alliance and Project Safe.

    The Martha Ripley Alliance established in 1978 was a group of dedicated women from various backgrounds. Their purpose was to provide alternatives to women who, like themselves, were living in an environment of domestic violence.

    Project Safe, began in 1979 and its primary focus was to serve victims of sexual assault.

    VIP is a private non-profit agency that serves victims of domestic violence in Pennington County and Red Lake County.” Victims of domestic violence who are in Minnesota or anywhere in the United States may be served via a call to VIP’s crisis line (1-800-666-6667). Shelter may be provided to victims coming from any location. Victims from outside Pennington County and Red Lake County may also access advocacy services at VIP’s office in Thief River Falls on a 24/7 basis.

    VIP has an office in Thief River Falls, MN that also serves as administrative center. VIP shelter serves a population of approximately 91,000.