Originally founded in 1978 as Wake County Child Abuse Prevention Services, InterAct was created through the merger of three community agencies: the Rape Crisis Center, Women’s Aid, and Child Abuse Prevention Services. The resulting agency was known as The Family Violence Prevention Center, Inc., and in 1981 became known as InterAct.
In 2009, InterAct realized its vision of creating a highly effective model of one-stop, wrap-around services for victims and survivors in Wake County’s twelve municipalities. The agency conducted a $5 million capital campaign to purchase and renovate the former YWCA at 1012 Oberlin Road in Raleigh. However, the project was far more than a building project.
With the opening of the Family Safety & Empowerment Center, families struggling with abuse can not only receive InterAct’s crisis intervention programs, but also continue on to stable, productive and safe lives through the long-term supports of nine co-located partners.
GlaxoSmithKline and Mutual of America have both recognized InterAct with national awards as a best practice and we have been called upon by state-wide, regional, national and even international organizations to share the success of our model.