More Than Just A Shelter



DAIS celebrates 40 inspiring years of providing more than a just shelter to victims and survivors of domestic violence in Dane County. Over the past 40 years, thanks to the actions of so many in our community, DAIS has grown from a volunteer run help line in a church basement into the DAIS we know today – an organization that offers crisis intervention services including the only emergency domestic violence shelter in Dane County, a 24-Hour Help Line, weekly support groups, legal advocacy, children’s programming, and we look toward to the future by offering prevention education and awareness programming.

Even so, there are certain truths that are still hard to live with. One in four women and one in seven men will experience domestic violence in our community. Each year, approximately 1/3 of all referrals to the Dane County District Attorney’s office are domestic violence related. With these numbers, DAIS estimates that there are 12,000 incidents of domestic violence in Dane County annually, on average 33 per day. Even though DAIS more than doubled the number of beds in our shelter in 2014, the DAIS shelter is full every day.  Last year, 66% of our shelter population were African American women and 53% of our shelter population were parents that had their children with them. DAIS exists because we have to.

Our community needs you to join with DAIS in our steadfast commitment to helping victims transform their lives. For 40 years, DAIS has been helping women and men in Dane County who have experienced domestic violence not just survive, but thrive.

Join DAIS today. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Speak out.
Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #MoreThanJustAShelter.

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