Family Crisis Centers, formerly the Domestic Violence Aid Center, was established by a group of volunteers in 1982. DVAC was developed after some concerned citizens began to recognize the need for services to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Northwest Iowa. During its humble beginning stages, the agency was operated from a tiny, donated office space in Sioux Center. Through the years, the agency has morphed into a program serving domestic violence victims and survivors in 17 counties; serving survivors of homicide and other violent crimes in 29 western Iowa counties; and provide the state of Iowa with a comprehensive domestic violence helpline and call center.
In 1998, the name of the agency was changed to The Family Crisis Centers of NW Iowa. As the agency flourished into a larger service region, Northwest Iowa was dropped from the name. Today, Family Crisis Centers provides services throughout the state of Iowa. A multipurpose office and shelter complex was constructed during the Spring of 2001. After outgrowing these accommodations, funds were received through federal and state grants, corporate and personal donations to construct Project Hope in 2009. Project Hope is a large versatile facility that offers various levels of housing services, training and conference rooms, children support and services room and offices.