DOMESTIC ABUSE INTERVENTION SERVICES

Rating: 4.53 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Crime & Law

Location: PO Box 1761 Madison WI 53701 USA

Mission:

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

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

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.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Staff people who are caring. Utilize the resources appropriately.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more unrestricted dollars to do the work they need to do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 1 stars  

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...........

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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DAIS has a unique role in our community. The struggle of women and children to live free of violence is central to work. I look to the day when DAIS can close because of a lack of need. Until then, I will continue to promote and support the staff and the consumers.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I hope the community continues to come together around the need for a new facility for DAIS to work from. DV work is hard enough. Victims are already marginalized in so many ways. Space to do the work, to heal the wounds is crucial to moving us forward.

Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with the talented and dedicated DAIS staff in fund raising.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide DAIS with the financial resources for an operating budget that permits them to meet the domestic violence needs of Dane County and to provide a larger and better shelter and office space for the program.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

contributing in a small way to addressing the issue of domestic violence.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

talented, dedicated, hard-working and of the highest integrity.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

better meet the pressing needs of Dane County and provide a safe, healthful safe-house residence for DV victims.

Ways to make it better...

couldn't be more positive.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial resources to maintain the staff and facility needed to meet the DV challenges in Dane County.

One thing I'd also say is that...

DAIS finds a way to squeeze at least $2 of results of every $1 they have to spend. They are remarkable stewards of the limited financial resources they have available to them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning from friends and family members who now "get" what domestic abuse is because of DAIS outreach efforts.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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N/A

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the people invovled in this organization have purpose and drive to make our community safer for everyone. It empowers the volunteers, staff, and clients to all work together towards a more peaceful community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through the dedication and hard work of so many women & men coming together to help make the lives of many others, a safer and better place.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being a part of strong women and men who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely caring and committed. A very involved and a great group of people!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build a facility to accommodate women & families in need of a safe place immediately and for as long as needed, while they are rebuilding their independence and futures.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

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.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through interactions with the dedicated, hardworking, and engaged staff and board, I have come to know and appreciate the significant need in our community for DAIS, as well, as the incredible positive impact that DAIS has on victims of domestic violence.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to provide them the resources they need to better serve victims, and the community. DAIS does so much with so little, yet, there are still too many victims that cannot be served because of a lack of space and funding. This needs to change!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning how much other people, including the staff of DAIS, care about those in our community that are in need of assistance.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

simply incredible. I don't know how they work with people, in life or death situations, under so much stress, day after day.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Have a facility that would meet the needs of the community rather than turning away victims (parents and children) on a regular basis because they don't have the room to house them. Too often this means staying with the abuser.

Ways to make it better...

I had a million dollars to share with them!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding, and community awareness. Too few people in the community know about them, the huge demand for their services and the great things that they are doing.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Domestic abuse impacts the individuals and the community in so, so many ways. This is a community issue and it will take community support to appropriately address it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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