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Taking a holistic approach to ending domestic violence

DAIS logoEach year Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) serves thousands of women, children and men through their life-changing programs. These individuals come from all facets of our community — they are our neighbors, coworkers, family and friends. DAIS provides hope and help through its staff and volunteers.

When someone reaches out to DAIS, they are connected with advocates who believe them. They are empowered by advocates to make complicated and courageous choices. They are supported by advocates who are committed to helping them break down barriers to safety through free and confidential services. When necessary, DAIS legal advocates have been able to connect some victims with volunteer attorneys through a collaboration with the Madison office of Quarles & Brady and Community Justice, Inc.. The collaboration with Dane County law firms and Community Justice is a modified version of the Lawyer for the Day program in Milwaukee.

The hard truth is that domestic violence touches us all regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, educational background, professional status and disability status.

Abuse is often shrouded in secrecy, and victims of domestic violence overcome tremendous fear, shame, and isolation to reach out for help. The obstacles that stand between them and a safe future can seem insurmountable. DAIS estimates that at least 33 people experience domestic violence every day in Dane County. You may never know who has been affected and the barriers they face.

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will be a victim of domestic violence in her or his lifetime.
  • Only 1/4 of physical assaults against females by an intimate partner are reported to law enforcement.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 teens who have been in relationships have experienced dating violence, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, and threats of physical harm to a partner or self.
  • Each year, approximately 1/3 of all referrals to the Dane County District Attorney’s office are domestic violence related.

All DAIS services are free of charge and are accessible by calling 608-251-4445 or 1-800-747-4045.

DAIS also continues to focus on education and prevention by providing (addressing the problematic behavior before it starts)

DAIS’ mission is to empower those affected by domestic violence and advocate for social change through support, education and outreach. DAIS operates the Dane County’s only domestic violence shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, legal advocacy, emergency safety planning, support groups, children’s programming and primary prevention and education programs.