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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Spouse Abuse Prevention

Mission:

Our mission is to empower those affected by domestic violence and advocate for social change through support, education and outreach.

Geographic areas served: Dane County, Wisconsin

Programs: DAIS provides support, safety, and advocacy for adult and child victims of domestic abuse in Dane County. We do this through our 24-hour crisis/help line, support groups, crisis response and legal advocacy programs, 25-bed emergency shelter, programming for children, community education and outreach, and prevention curriculum for middle-school aged students.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I called to talk about my situation and Tiffany answered after about 8 rings. She was not helpful. She voulntarily told me she has worked there for a month which makes me understand why she does not understand domestic violence. She definately should not be in charge of intake calls. Give the girl some training. People should be able to get away from a variety of abusive situations. She put me on hold and told me we only house people who are being abused, no questions about my storyand when I asked who she spoke with she would not provide me a name and hung up on me. I expected better from a place who has so much public funding. I suggest people to donate somewhere else.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I understand that it can be difficult when the current shelter has to run a wait list. That is why DAIS is working so hard right now to build a much bigger shelter. They do amazing work despite the limitations they face.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

where do you tell a victim to go when they need shelter and you simply say sorry we have a waitlist. What do you think they are going to do? They are going to stay with the abuser because it's the only place they have...........

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a survivor domestic violence.

I am a former employee of DAIS.

I am currently a supportive community member.

I have worked as an advocate and trainer in the area of intimate partner violence since 1992.

DAIS services are critical and necessary. The people touched by the work are forever changed. Until the violence stops, I hope DAIS is there to support those in need.

13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am privileged to be a volunteer member of the DAIS committee for the annual fund raising “Celebrate Independence” luncheon. Economic times have created difficult situations for many, including victims of domestic violence. In the past year, DAIS has received 352 calls seeking information about shelter (144% increase), 293 new crisis response clients (49% increase) and 964 nights that people have been waitlisted for shelter from their abuser (1621% increase). In the past year, Dane County has experienced an increasing number of deaths resulting from domestic violence. This dismal picture is exacerbated by the fact that while demand has dramatically increased, retaining funding for important DAIS services has become much more challenging. DAIS is the only domestic violence agency supporting Dane County. Dane County has a projected 2009 population of 491,357. DAIS serves this population with a budget of just over $1 million and through a 25-bed safe-house residence. What they accomplish with minimal resources for the population base they serve is commendable – direct service to victims, community outreach and training for law enforcement, human services staff and other related professionals. In spite of their sterling reputation and the need for their services growing at astonishing rates, they unfortunately continue to have to direct a significant amount of staff resources to just maintaining their budget, let alone grow it to better need the pressing needs.

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very honored to provide this small service(cleaning)to DAIS. Although I know that the staff has to meet challenging circumstances on a daily basis, they still manage to maintain a professional and positive attitude. This past year was particularly traumatic with several high-profile cases of domestic violence in Dane County including the murder of two mothers and their daughters. Although the staff was deeply affected, they continued to provide the support, information and comfort so needed by victims of domestic abuse. Yesterday there was an article in the local paper (Wisconsin State Journal)about the huge increase in the number of people seeking DAIS services. I know that even with its limited resources, DAIS will continue to try to meet that need with knowledge and compassion.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of my daer friends is employed by DAIS and hearing her stories about clients and their experiences reminds me of the importance of such an organization.

14

Board Member

Rating: 5

Everyone deserves to reach their full potential. Everyone deserves a safe, loving home. That is why I volunteer. I want all the women who experiance violence to know that we, as a community, care for her and are there for her...we want her to reach her full potential-however she may describe it. DAIS provides the love, safety, and reality of "next step" planning for people to get into a safe, secure life pattern.

15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) helps provide a safe place for many women while they find their independence. It is a great organization, with dedicated staff and volunteers who make the vision of the organization a reality. I have witnessed personally, through this dedication, the power of women helping women achieve their dreams.

12

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an organization that does terrific work day in and day out, but is stressed from too much demand for its services. It is a place of safety, comfort, and new beginnings. I am proud to be on its board even though it means learning things about your community and humanity that you find personally challenging. Volunteering for and supporting DAIS is very rewarding, because they are making a difference and changing lives of victims and future generations.