One-on-One Support & Advocacy
Holistic, Trauma-Informed Programming
Here at The Women’s Center, we provide holistic, trauma-informed programming for survivors of domestic and sexual violence that emphasizes healing, empowerment, and justice. One of the core ways we do this is through short-term advocacy.
Our advocacy model focuses on crisis intervention and providing one-on-one emotional support for survivors after experiencing domestic or sexual violence. As Advocates help survivors process their trauma, they listen and provide reassurance, encouragement, and guidance. They work with individuals and families on developing boundaries, practicing coping skills, identifying supports, and connecting to additional resources. Further, we provide advocacy within legal, housing, healthcare, and other systems for holistic support so you never have to go through any system alone.
How to get connected to an Advocate:
One-on-one advocacy and support is available for free to survivors of all ages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, nationalities, and immigration status. We offer advocacy services over the phone and onsite in Spanish, Hmong, and English.
You can get connected to an Advocate by calling our 24-Hour Hotline at 262.542.3828.
Our Advocates provide free assistance to people seeking domestic abuse, harassment, or child abuse restraining orders and accompany you to court hearings for the temporary restraining order and the injunction. They can also help you with safety planning.
To speak to an Advocate call 262.547.4600 or 262.896.8243. You can also visit the Waukesha County Courthouse office at 515 West Moreland Boulevard.
Free onsite childcare services are available during support groups, classes, and advocacy appointments. To make a reservation for onsite childcare, call 262.547.4600 to speak with your advocate.
Children are affected in many different ways by exposure to domestic and sexual violence. The Women’s Center offers advocacy and support groups for children and teens who have witnessed family violence or who have been the victim of sexual abuse/assault.
We provide youth with safe spaces to express their feelings, receive support, and build resiliency as they grow on their own healing journey. These programs are available to children and teens of all genders, whether or not they are staying in our emergency shelter.
For more information or to be connected to a Youth Advocate, please call 262.547.4600 or email us. While we aren’t able to meet in person right now, our Youth Advocates are creating videos to watch at home. (Visit our Video Resources page for more videos!)