Alternatives to Violence Program

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Alternatives to Violence Program

The Alternatives to Violence Program assists domestic violence victims in crisis, including a 24-hour phone line and text line, a 33-bed shelter, food, clothing, personal needs, legal advocacy, case management, safety planning, child-youth recovery services, and more.

The Alternatives to Violence emergency shelter is available for women and their children fleeing domestic abuse. Beds, linens, food, clothing, and personal care items are all provided.

Additional services provided to those staying in the shelter as well as community members:

  • Legal advocacy: assistance with restraining orders and court appearances
  • Safety Planning
  • Case Management
  • Support Groups
  • Child/Youth Recovery Services
  • Referrals for additional needs
all services are free of charge.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911.

To speak with an advocate, call the 24 hour hotline at 608-752-2583 or text line at 608-371-9288.

frequently asked questions
Are children welcome at the shelter?

Yes, women can bring their children. Many families stay at the shelter, which is equipped with toys, reading nooks, play areas, and a playground.

However, children (under 18) without a parent, cannot stay at the shelter, but staff will help you find another place to stay. Emancipated minors are welcome to stay at the shelter.

will i be safe?

Your safety is our top priority. We have inside and outside security cameras, key fob access restricted areas, and a security gate. Our staff and volunteers will always protect your confidentiality.

what is provided at the shelter?

Personal care items Clothing
Linens (sheets, blankets, towels, pillows)
Laundry facilities and detergent
Diapers, formula, wipes, and other baby needs

how long can i say?

The average stay is 30-60 days; however, you can stay longer depending on your circumstances.

What if the shelter is full?

When/if the shelter is full, staff will help you find another place to stay.

2017 Statistics

77        Women in Shelter

96        Children in Shelter

88        Community Clients

631      Calls were answered on help and text lines

91        Restraining Orders Obtained

202      Safety Pans Created

6,805   Sheltered Nights Provided

5,576   Volunteer Hours


Sarah (not her real name) came to the Alternatives to Violence Shelter in December of 2016 after fleeing a violent relationship of ten years. Sarah and her five children were accepted into the Transitions for Women Program in March of 2017, moved into their 3 bedroom apartment, and lived in a transitional living apartment at Jeffris Flats for one year. Fortunately, Sarah broke the cycle of abuse and took actions necessary to write a new story for her family. During her time at Transitions for Women, Sarah secured employment and began school at a local college to receive her associates degree in Early Childhood Development. She is currently living independently and attending her last semester to complete her degree. She was recently awarded Student Worker of the Year, and her oldest son was in the audience to cheer her on.