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.
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
Check out YWCA Rock County’s largest fundraiser to support domestic violence services!
In 2017, over 350 people walked one mile to raise awareness and funds to STOMP OUT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE! The 13th Annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes will be Friday, August 9th at the Pontiac Convention Center.