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.


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.
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EIN 39-1268238
608-251-1237
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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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14 people found this review helpful

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services is an organization that strives to empower women by providing services and support they might not otherwise receive when facing the challenges that come with domestic violence. I started volunteering last October, and I have seen the broad reach of the organization's positive influence. Whether through advocacy, the shelter, the Crisis Line, the Crisis Response program, support groups, legal assistance, the Kid's program, and its extensive volunteer training program, DAIS is truly working to make positive changes in the lives of its clients, its staff, and the community writ large.

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

interacting with women in the shelter and on the Crisis Line. Women have thanked me for providing an attentive, kind ear when they felt like no one else was there to listen.

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

learning about the experience of domestic violence and helping women through the challenges it presents. interacting with the diverse clients, volunteers, and staff. empowering women!

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

kind, supportive, patient, informed, eager to help in any way they could.

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

purchase an even larger space to accommodate the need for shelter in Dane County.

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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12 people found this review helpful

DAIS is an amazing organization that not only works to provide shelter, advice, and resources to victims of domestic abuse but also works to educate the public about the issues surrounding domestic violence. Prior to becoming a part of the DAIS team, I was completely uneducated about all of the barriers and problems that victims face when trying to overcome their fears and leave their abuser and I hope that I am able to pass on what I have learned to my family and friends. DAIS does a lot with what little money and shelter space it has.

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

the calls that I get from victims who eventually leave their abusers. While they are still struggling and coping with loss, it's wonderful to have them safe and living without fear.

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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13 people found this review helpful

DAIS is an organization about empowerment and respect. It offers services and resources that empower women to make their own choices about their lives and their safety. This is what I love about DAIS; they respect women and their capabilities. They provide an (unfortunately) necessary resource for families in the community that they cannot find elsewhere. They provide safety, support, and advocacy and they do it with the utmost respect and dignity.

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

the satisfaction of supporting others and the growth I've had from listening to these powerful survivors. I have the privilege of listening to things that some people tell no one else the the joy I see in their survival and strength is so very inspiring

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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