About DAIS

About DAIS

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (or DAIS) believes that a world free from violence is possible. We work to make Dane County, WI, a safer, more just, more equitable place for people who have experienced domestic violence, their children, and the people who love them.


DAIS, helping Dane County since 1977, strives to empower those affected by domestic violence by advocating for social change through support, education, and outreach. To make this happen, we offer a wide array of crisis intervention and community education/prevention programs, including a 24-hour Help Line, programming for children from violent homes, legal advocacy, support groups, and emergency safety planning. DAIS is also the only domestic violence shelter in all of Dane County.


DAIS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We receive funding from a variety of sources, including private contributions, The Dane County Department of Human Services, City of Madison Community Services, City of Madison CDBG, Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, and VOCA.


DAIS is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

DAIS’ Mission, Vision, and Values


Empower those affected by domestic violence and advocate for social change through support, education, and outreach.



A nonviolent community that actively promotes safety, peace, justice, and hope.



  • Mutual Respect We believe the basis for our effective working relationships, within the organization and with our external stakeholders, is a shared knowledge and appreciation for individual differences. We believe individuals have the right to make their own choices concerning personal safety and how they live their lives. We strive to create and foster relationships based in understanding and appreciation for both self and others.
  • Openness We believe that in serving the community and each other, we benefit from being receptive and responsive to ideas, behaviors, cultures, peoples, environments, and experiences. We are accountable not only to our funders and donors, but also to each other as well as the people we serve and our community. We strive to foster an environment where people feel at ease to share opinions and to question.
  • Collaboration We believe in the equal distribution of power and privilege throughout society and believe that by working together with each other and with our community partners, we can achieve more than working independently. We strive to create an environment where people exchange strengths and complement other’s weaknesses without judgment and with a shared commitment to the purpose.
  • Shared Responsibility Domestic abuse is a community issue. All members of the community, including abusers, must take responsibility. We work with volunteers, individuals, co-workers, community groups and systems to fulfill our mission and strive toward our vision. We believe that we all have a part to play in creating a safe and peaceful community.

DAIS Leadership

Board of Directors


  • Heather Crowley, President
  • Anne Norman, Vice President
  • Tim Graham, Treasurer
  • Anne Brindley, Secretary
  • Allen Grady
  • Charlene Smith
  • Eena Taylor
  • Jon Landsverk
  • Karina Virrueta-Running
  • Kayla Graser
  • Melissa Robinson
  • Rachel Reilly
  • Tom Long


The DAIS Board of Directors typically meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM with some exceptions.


If you’re interested in learning more about serving on our Board of Directors, please contact Shannon Barry at shannonb@abuseintervention.org.


DAIS Executive Team


  • Shannon Barry, Executive Director
  • Dawn Sharer, Director of Human Resources
  • Faye Zemel, Director of Services
  • Shawn Walker, Director of Administration
  • Mary Donahue, Director of Development and Communications


2024 is DAIS 47th Anniversary.


View a virtual tour of our shelter. Passcode is 6733.

2002 Monroe


Help Line, 24 hours a day: (608) 251-4445, or Text (608) 420-4638.
Business line: (608) 251-1237
Fax: 608-284-2134


National Text Line: Text LOVEIS to 22522


Email: Domestic Abuse Intervention Services

** Please note this email account is not monitored 24/7. It will generate an automatic response. If you are in immediate danger, please contact our Help Line. If you have safety concerns about your email, please wait for the automatic response and delete it, along with any correspondence to and from DAIS.




2102 Fordem Avenue
Madison, WI 53704