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Our mission is to provide safety, shelter and support to women and their families affected by domest

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Our mission is to provide safety, shelter and support to women and their families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse.



Many women and children find peace and safety for the first time when they come to The Women's Center.
Individual and group counseling empower women to take back control of their lives, to be self sufficient and independent
On-site childcare is available free to clients using our services and programs.
Job board, job searches, resume writing, interviewing skills and other tools are offered through our Employment Programs
Our 24-hour Crisis Line answered over 7,399 calls in 2012.
We try to make life "normal" for women and their families staying in Shelter, so they can concentrate on healing.
Sometimes a child staying in shelter may celebrate his/her birthday with their first real birthday party and cake
The Shelter kitchen is warm and welcoming with safety and support.
We cannot provide basic needs without your support.
Our volunteer program gives caring people the opportunity to enrich their lives, our client's lives and our community.
It's not what you've been, but what you become that defines you . . . ~mural in Shelter
October - Domestic Violence Awareness Month-purple silhouettes represent deaths due to domestic violence in Waukesha Cty
Clothes Line Project - graphic messages designed by survivors of domestic violence to draw awareness ~Carroll University
Join Me on the Bridge - Supporters of The Women's Center bring awareness to women's issues. ~ Waukesha.
Leaving an abusive environment is often the most dangerous time for women and their children.
Safety, shelter and support to women and their families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse.



No one deserves, asks for, or provokes violence . . .

“I felt that I was losing my mind. I am not sure what I would have done without The Women’s Center. I gained strength and knowledge. They gave me encouragement, support, hope and a sympathetic ear.”

The Women’s Center has provided safety, shelter and support to women and their families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse for over 35 years.

“When I went to the shelter for five days that was the first time in months that I finally slept through the night because I really felt safe. I am so glad there is a Women’s Center, a shelter and other services to help people out. Being able to smile and laugh, having people believe in you, being able to make choices and not be afraid every day of your life is priceless.”

All services and programs are free of charge and include:

Emergency shelter
Transitional living
Group and individual counseling
Onsite childcare
Child abuse prevention programming
Legal advocacy
Employment counseling
Hispanic outreach,
Community education programs
Information and referral services
24-hour confidential crisis line

“I started to understand it wasn’t my fault he kept hurting me…Finally, I wasn’t being judged! I went on to live in one of the houses in The Women’s Center transitional living program for two years and continued attending weekly support groups for four years.”

Each year over 9,000 individuals are served free of charge through a specially designed comprehensive range of services that emphasize prevention and breaking the cycle of violence.

“I learned so much from them. I developed trusting relationships that helped me excel. One of the most difficult things for someone in this situation is to trust. I am learning how to do that and so much more because of the help I received thirteen years ago.”

The Women’s Center offers an empowering, integrated network of programs where women build peaceful, productive futures for their families.

“You helped make it possible (referring to his high school graduation). I may not know your names but I’ll never forget your faces or the help you gave my family. We stayed at your shelter when I was young. I am seventeen now. Without your help I don’t know what my mom would have done.”

The Women's Center is a life-changing and life-saving place where staff and volunteers help women and their families build healthy lives free from violence.

“I have been using the tools and knowledge that I learned from The Women’s Center in my life. I will always be grateful to the Women’s Center and their staff for helping my family and I get our life back.”

When you give to The Women’s Center you are giving hope to women and children who often have nowhere else to turn.

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