Southeastern Wisconsin Agencies

- Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse

Jefferson County

People Against Domestic Abuse

PO box 395

Jefferson, WI 53549

Business Line: (920) 674-6748

24 Hour Crisis Line: (800) 228-7232

People Against Domestic Abuse offers free and confidential services with a 24 hour hotline, completion and filing of temporary restraining orders, and safety planning. Counseling and support groups are available, along with information, referral and links to economic, housing, and food assistance.

People Against Domestic Abuse provides advocacy and options to victims of domestic abuse, educate the community and utilizes coordinated community efforts to end abuse.

Kenosha County

WoMen and Children’s Horizons/Pathways of Courage - domestic violence and sexual assault services

1511 56th Street

Kenosha, WI 53140

Toll Free: (800) 594-5272

Main Office: (262) 652.1846

24 Hour Line: (262) 657-5272

The mission of Women and Children's Horizons is to provide support, education, training, and healing for victims of sexual and domestic violence/abuse.

At the present time, Women and Children's Horizons addresses the epidemic of domestic and sexual violence by providing emergency residential shelter for victims and families, legal advocacy, groups for victims of sexual and domestic assault and children's activities.

There is also a 24-hour crisis line and outreach services as well as batterers treatment and transitional living services. Women and Children’s Horizons also offers restraining order assistance, a donation pantry and community training and presentations.

Milwaukee County

Alma Center – services for abusive men

2568 North Martin Luther King Drive

Milwaukee, WI 53212

Business Line: (414) 265-0100

The Alma Center recognizes that many people who have been abused by their partners decide to remain in the relationship. However, many batterers continue to harass and abuse a partner after the relationship has ended, and many have multiple violent relationships.

The Alma center believes that to impact domestic violence requires not only meeting the needs of victims, but also working with batterers to learn new skills for ending violent behavior. The primary work of the agency is to provide an intensive educational program that teaches nonviolent relationship skills and communication to people who have a history of perpetrating domestic violence.

The agency also provides related services to enhance life skills, stability and functioning of batterer, as well as basic victim safety services.

Asha Family Services – culturally specific domestic abuse services

6001 West Center Street, Suite 201

Milwaukee, WI 53210

(414) 875-1511

Asha believes in the preservation and strengthening of the African American family. To this end, Asha is committed to the provision of a spiritually based, holistic and culturally responsive service designed to end violence against African American women and children specifically, families of other communities of color and all families in general. The belief is that in order to adequately address family violence and promote healthy living, we must treat the abuser as well as the abused.

Asha Family Services also believes in the provision of a continuum of care, not only for the transformation, restoration and empowerment of injured families, but also for a range of clientele including persons at higher risk for HIV infection and other communicable diseases, mental health and substance abuse outpatients, and those incarcerated and transitioning back into the community.

Aurora Health Care –Abuse Response Services • Domestic Violence Program

Sexual Assault Treatment Center (SATC)

945 North 12th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53233

(414) 219-5146

Aurora health Care ensures education and support to its health care providers to promote safe, supportive and effective assessment and interventions to victims of domestic violence presenting for health services.

A nursing, social work and advocate staff provides immediate services, including for those with special needs such as the elderly, persons with mental health issues or those with cognitive, sensory or physical disabilities.

SATC also provides, among other services; medical assessment and treatment, emotional support and counseling, liaison services, pregnancy risk assessment and sexually transmitted infections, as appropriate.

The Counseling Center of Milwaukee – sexual abuse services for children, adolescents, adults and juvenile sex offenders

2038 North Bartlett Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53202

24 Hour Sexual Abuse line: (414) 271-9523 or (866) 212-7233

24 Hour business line: (414) 271-1560

Main Office line: (414) 271-2565

The Counseling Center of Milwaukee, Inc. (TCCM) was established in 1970, and today serves more than 11,500 men, women and children annually. Many programs are designed to protect children, strengthen individuals and families, and improve the emotional and mental health of people at risk in our community and to serve those who face family violence, sexual abuse, homelessness, HIV infection, concerns related to sexual orientation, and mental illness.

As an award-winning United Way supported agency, TCCM is recognized as an effective and efficient provider of service to those most in need. Of those receiving direct services from TCCM, 62% are African American, 16% Caucasian, 10% Hispanic and 12% were Asian, NativeAmerican or another race/bi-racial. Services are offered at little or no cost and the vast majority of TCCM’s clients are low-income.

Daystar – transitional living for battered women

PO Box 2130

Milwaukee, WI 53201

(414) 385-0334

Daystar Inc. is a transitional living center for female domestic violence victims who do not have dependent children. Established in 1986, Daystar Inc. gives women a safe place of residence where they can focus on rebuilding their lives.

Most residents are referred from other battered women’s shelters, and if unemployed upon their arrival, they must look for full or part-time work. Saturday mornings are designated for required support group attendance. While more than 300 women have found assistance at Daystar Inc, the program allows only 10 women to be enrolled at one time.

By the time they leave Daystar, residents should well be on their way in becoming financially and emotionally independent, well able to lead violence-free lives.

The Healing Center – sexual abuse and stalking services, legal advocacy

English and Spanish

611 West National, 4th Floor

Milwaukee, WI 53204

(414) 671-HEAL (4325)

The Healing Center, which was organized in 2000, offers sexual abuse, assault survivors and their loved ones opportunities for healing through support, advocacy and community education. Support groups for the abuse survivor, and education and advocacy on the issues of sexual abuse and assault, incest, rape and child sexual abuse are also available.

The Healing Center is developing a variety of healing services such as massage, movement classes and acupuncture, in collaboration with volunteer service providers and other community organizations.

Hmong American Women’s Association

English and Hmong

2414 West Vliet Street

Milwaukee, WI 53205

(414) 315-8012

HAWA, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization founded by a small group of Hmong women who met regularly to work on a Hmong hand quilt (paj ntaub) in 1993 and received its 501©(3) status in 1996. The mission of HAWA is to strengthen the community by empowering Hmong women and girls to reach their full potential through social support, education, leadership training, and opportunities for personal development and growth. HAWA currently provides teen dating violence in the school, domestic violence education, prevention, and intervention services, support groups, education for batterers to stop abusing their partners and parenting classes.

La Causa – crisis nursery and respite center for children

PO Box 04188

Milwaukee, WI 53204

(414) 902-1500

Begun in 1972, La Causa is Wisconsin's largest bilingual, multicultural childcare agency. A comprehensive social services agency, La Causa's mission is to provide children, youth and families with quality, comprehensive services to nurture healthy family life and enhance community stability.

La Causa serves over 10,000 individuals annually at nine Milwaukee sites with a broad range of childcare, education, prevention and child welfare programs. Some of organization's initiatives include a dual language Charter School, Wisconsin's first bilingual childcare center accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Wisconsin's largest bilingual Family Resource Center, and Wisconsin's first 24-hour Crisis Nursery.

LGBT Center of Milwaukee–Anti-Violence Project (AVP)

315 West Court Street, Suite 101

Milwaukee, WI 53212

(414) 271-2656

This Center’s Anti-Violence Project was established to address the impact of domestic abuse, sexual assault and hate crimes on LGBT people by educating service providers on the unique needs and concerns of LGBT people and raising awareness within LGBT communities. It is the Center’s hope that, as individuals and communities, LGBT people will learn to recognize, acknowledge and respond to violence and provide support to victims.

Within the Center, a Victim Outreach/Advocate will reach out to various LGBT communities to raise awareness and provide accurate information about violent crimes such as domestic abuse, sexual assault and hate crimes. In addition, the Advocate will work directly with LGBT victims by providing crisis intervention, help with safety planning, and connecting victims with resources.

Call the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center for information and referrals related to sexual abuse, domestic violence and stalking.

Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault - City of Milwaukee Health Department

841 North Broadway Street, 3rd Floor

Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 286-2997

Created in 1979, the Milwaukee Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault provides Milwaukee with experts and community leaders who can address issues such as family violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.

Members of the commission work with area organizations, the media and government to educate the community and assist with legislative policies. The Commission’s purpose is to increase safety for victims of violence and assault and hold abusers accountable.

Milwaukee Women's Center - domestic violence services, emergency shelter, substance abuse and mental health treatment

611 North Broadway, Suite 230

Milwaukee, WI 53202

24 Hour Crisis Line: (414) 671-6140

Main Office: (414) 272-6199

The Milwaukee Women’s Center (MWC) was founded in 1980 as an emergency shelter for battered women and children. The agency is the largest and most comprehensive family violence service agency in Wisconsin today.

The organization’s mission is to comprehensively treat domestic violence and substance abuse issues for women and their families, and to help create a foundation for rebuilding safe, stable and productive lives.

Each year, more than 2,000 men, women and children receive intervention, prevention and treatment at MWC, and more than 13,000 individuals are assisted through the 24-hour crisis line and education programs.

Sexual Assault Treatment Center – medical services for sexual abuse survivors

24 hour crisis and information line: (414) 219-5555

Sojourner Truth House – domestic violence services, emergency shelter

PO Box 080319

Milwaukee, WI 53208

24 hour line: (414) 933-2722

Business line: (414) 643-1777

Sojourner Truth House operates a 37-bed shelter, which has provided safety and support services to thousands of women and children during its 28-year history. Other programs include a 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline, Domestic Abuse Victim Advocates in the Milwaukee District Attorney’s Office, Belle Resource Center for Women and Children, and Batterers Anonymous—Beyond Abuse, for men and women seeking alternatives to their abusive behavior. Sojourner Truth House served over 27,000 people in 2005.

Task Force on Family Violence – domestic abuse and stalking services, legal advocacy for victims and child witnesses

English, Spanish and Hmong

1400 North 6th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53212

(414) 276-1911

Since 1975, The Task Force on Family Violence has been at the forefront of ending family violence in the Greater Milwaukee area. Over 5,000 Milwaukee area victims are served through offered legal and employment and advocacy programs annually.

Nearly 500 abusers are served through the Task Force’s Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (DAIP). The Task Force also provides victims with referrals for other needed services, such as safety, shelter and counseling. Furthermore, the Task Force works with policy makers for more effective legislation, enforcement and inter-agency cooperation.

UMOS Latina Resource Center – bilingual, bicultural advocacy, prevention, and crisis intervention services to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

802 West Mitchell Street

Milwaukee, WI 53204

(414) 389-6500

The UMOS Latina Resource Center is the only domestic violence supportive services center in the state of Wisconsin that targets Hispanic women. The mission of the UMOS Latina Resource Center is to encourage women and their families to explore their personal strengths and hopes, and achieve a life free of violence.

The goal of the UMOS Latina Resource Center is to provide onsite, comprehensive, bilingual, bicultural services to victims of domestic violence in the Latina community. The UMOS Latina Resource Center offers education, intervention, client advocacy, case management, and supportive services.

Ozaukee County

Advocates of Ozaukee

PO Box 80166

Saukville, WI 53080

Business line: (262) 284-3577

Crisis line: (262) 284-6902

24 hour Crisis line: (877) 375-4034

With a commitment to safety, respect, and compassion for individuals and families, Advocates of Ozaukee works to end domestic and sexual violence through education, prevention, and intervention services.

Established in 1980 in response to the need of services for domestic violence in Ozaukee County, Advocates reached full status as domestic abuse shelter in 1988. Services offered by the organization are a 24-hour crisis line, temporary housing and food, advocacy, counseling, education services and emergency transport to the shelter. In 1995, Advocates formed a countywide task force called Ozaukee Peace Initiative.

Racine County

Women’s Resource Center

PO Box 1764

Racine, WI 53401

24 hour line: (262) 633-3274

The Women's Resource Center provides crisis intervention, advocacy, education and prevention services for a diverse population of victims or individuals at risk of domestic abuse and/or sexual assault, by promoting positive changes for individuals served and the broader community in Racine County.

The Center also offers a 24-hour crisis line, counseling, legal advocacy, and community education, as well as adult and child support groups. There is also a Hand to Hand program, providing a neutral exchange place for parents with restraining orders or court restrictions.

Walworth County

Association for the Prevention of Family Violence - domestic violence and sexual abuse services

461 East Geneva Street

Elkhorn, WI 53121

24 hour line: (262) 723-8367

The Association provides the community with crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, shelter referrals, information and referral, community presentations, agency in-service, transitional housing, and legal advocacy.

Victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault are served, and intervention is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Washington County

Friends of Abused Families - domestic violence and aexual assault services

PO Box 117

West Bend, WI 53095

Business line: (262) 334-5598 ext. 104

Crisis line: (262) 334-7298

Friends of Abused Families, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization serving victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in Washington County, Wisconsin. Friends was incorporated in 1977 and began providing services to victims of abuse in 1978.

In July of 1995 Friends of Abused Families, Inc. added sexual assault services to a crisis intervention programming which includes a 24-hour crisis line and one-on-one counseling services.

Waukesha County

The Women's Center, Inc. / Sister House - domestic violence and sexual assault services

505 North East Avenue

Waukesha, WI 53186

Crisis line: (262) 542-3828

24 hour line: (888) 542-3828

Main Office line: (262) 547-4600

The Women’s Center offers all programs and services free of charge to the victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault/abuse.

Along with the Sister House Shelter, which provides safe, short-term housing and support to women and children, the Women’s Center is involved in counseling, transitional living, legal advocacy, child abuse prevention programming, and community education. There is a 24-hour crisis hotline and employment counseling, along with an emergency respite and onsite childcare.

Statewide organizations with links to local information

Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services

1 W. Wilson St

Madison, WI 53702

(608) 266-1865

The Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services keeps children safe from abuse and neglect and responds appropriately when violence occurs. In doing so, the department focuses on providing services that keep families and communities strong and vital.

DCFS responsibilities fall into four main categories including statewide oversight of county child welfare services and direct services to children and families through the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, as well as special needs adoption and adoption search services. DCFS offers community support services for families and regulation and licensing of childcare and residential facilities for children and youth.