Stopping Violence Against Women

A Resource List: Help, Education, Action

Don’t Miss:

BRAVA’s February 2016 edition for an in-depth look at the issue of violence against women and how some local groups are working on solutions to the ingrained problem.

If you need help in Dane County:

Rape Crisis Center
Crisis Line: (608) 251-7273
Administration: (608) 251-6229
The Dane County Rape Crisis Center provides services to all survivors of all forms of sexual violence and also staffs a campus office at 333 East Campus Mall, Room 7901.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
Help line: (608) 251-4445 OR (800) 747-4045
DAIS provides emergency shelter, legal advocacy, crisis response, support groups and children’s support.

UNIDOS Against Domestic Violence
(608) 256-9195 OR (800) 510-9195
UNIDOS serves the Latin American community and provides cultural awareness training, community organizing, legal advocacy and work with immigrant survivors of domestic or sexual violence.

The Rainbow Project, inc.
(608) 255-7356
A nonprofit organization that provides services, including a rapid response team, to children and families that have experienced trauma.

Midwest Center for Human Services: Domestic Violence Resource Center
(608) 231-3300
Providers of abuser and victim services, as well as teen services.

Deaf Unity
Help line: Text (608) 466-2881 9 a.m.-10 p.m. After 10 p.m. contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 787-3224 (TTY) or (800) 799-7233 (Voice).

Freedom Inc.
Phone: (608) 661-4089
Freedom, Inc. engages low- to no-income communities of color in Dane County, working to end violence against people of color, women, those that non-traditionally gender identify and youth to promote healthy lifestyle.

Phone: (608) 278-2300
RESPECT Project on prostitution provides diversion services on an outpatient basis for women involved in prostitution, including counseling and assistance, as well as a safe space, peer support and other services

Deaf Unity provides services to and advocates for deaf abuse victims.

Other Dane County Resources

An extended list of local resources is available online at the Dane County Commission on Sensitive Crimes Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence Resource Page:

If you would like to volunteer or donate in Dane County

Rape Crisis Center of Dane County [email protected]  or (608) 251-5126.
Monetary donations are welcome! Visit:

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
Accepts donations of money, food and goods to keep the shelter running.
To make monetary donations visit:
To see what items DAIS needs visit:
For volunteer opportunities:

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Statewide organization based in Madison, focused on encouraging social change to end sexual violence.
Opportunities for clerical volunteers are available. Visit:

The Wisconsin Women’s Network
A group of organizations working to promote equality for women through education, advocacy and communication.
For volunteer opportunities:
To make monetary donations, visit:

Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims
An organization that provides temporary housing and care for pets of abuse victims who may be hesitant to leave a dangerous situation because of their pet.
For volunteer opportunities, including acting as a foster home for pets, visit:
To make monetary donations, visit:

Recommended Books

“Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture —and What We Can Do about It,” by Kate Harding,
2015, De Capo Lifelong Books.
Harding dissects our cultural norms and how they may lead to violence against women.

“The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help,” by Jackson Katz,
2006, Sourcebooks.
Katz examines how our culture condones violence against women and how all men can stand up for change.

“The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity and Love,” by Bell Hooks, 2004, Washington Square Press.
Hooks examines how our cultural norms inhibit men’s emotional lives and in turn prevent them from living full emotional lives.

“We Should All Be Feminists,” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 2015, Anchor. An award-winning author’s extremely accessible essay on feminism in the 21st Century.

“Bad Feminist: Essays,” by Roxanne Gay 2014, Harper Perennial.

Social critic Roxanne Gay shares essays on politics, feminism and criticisms of popular culture promoting inequality for women.

“Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town,” Jon Krakauer 2015, Anchor. An in-depth research-based book about hundreds of sexual assaults in a college town and the aftermath.

“Donna Ferrato: Living with The Enemy,” Donna Ferrato 2005, Aperture. A graphic report on family violence with powerful photos by Ferrato.

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