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Program Changes: The C.A.R.E. Center

We are pleased to announce that on July 1st, 2024, The C.A.R.E. Center (TCC), Waukesha County’s only nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center, officially became a program of The Women’s Center housed within our building at 505 N. East Ave. in Waukesha. The C.A.R.E....

Grooming: What Is It & How to Identify Its Stages

If you have never been targeted by a trafficker or been in an abusive relationship, you may think that nothing and no one could ever coerce you into doing something you didn’t want to. The reality is that most of us would be surprised by what we could be manipulated...

Rape Crisis Response

The Women’s Center provides rape crisis response through partnerships with area hospitals and health centers, providing on-site, immediate advocacy for survivors of sexual assault who report for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE). Our trained staff Advocates...

Don’t Lose Sight of What’s Right – The Bystander Effect

(Adapted from RAINN) Everyone has a role to play in preventing sexual assault and there are many ways you can step up to make a difference, most notably through bystander intervention. An active bystander is someone who interrupts a potentially harmful situation,...

How to Support a Survivor of Sexual Assault

During April, Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is a focused time to EmPower Survivors by bringing awareness, promoting prevention, and inspiring change. We can all take action, and I’m writing to remind you that during SAAM and always, Your Voice Has Power....

Trauma Informed Care

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Millions of Americans live with a mental illness every year, yet only 43.8% sought treatment in 2019 (NAMI). At The Women’s Center, we believe it’s crucial to raise awareness to break the stigma of living with a mental health...

What will it take for rapists to be held accountable?

The Minnesota Supreme Court just last month overturned a rape conviction because of their definition of “mental incapacitation,” which essentially says that anyone who gets drunk and is rendered incapacitated, i.e. passed out, is at fault for being raped. I,...

Crucial conversations with teens: talking about healthy relationships

Talking with your teen about consent and boundaries is the best prevention against dating violence. And these conversations are critical – 1 in 3 girls in the US is a victim of physical, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner, and 1 in 10 high school...

CONVO: Creating Opportunity for Non-Violent Outcomes

In January, The Women’s Center launched a brand new Instagram account specifically for teens. CONVO – which stands for Creating Opportunity for Non-Violent Outcomes – is a page designed to make violence prevention engaging and accessible. As the violence prevention...

2021 State of the Agency Address

We are incredibly thankful for the compassionate support we received from our donors and friends in 2020. Throughout a very tumultuous year, you helped us continue doing what we do best – providing safety, shelter, and support for survivors 24/7, 365 days a year. Last...

New Hope for the New Year

As 2020 draws to a close, it’s hard to not reflect on everything that happened this year and how it impacted our work. Perhaps the easiest way to describe it is… HARD! Deemed an essential agency during the COVID-19 pandemic and Safer at Home orders, we had to...

How You Can Support Our 24-Hour Hotline

The Women’s Center’s 24-Hour Hotline provides a critical lifeline to victims of domestic and sexual violence. Last year alone, we responded 7,170 calls – that’s almost one call an hour, every hour of every day during the year. Our trained staff and provide:

COVID-19: Workplace Recovery Plan

Para ver la actualización de COVID-19 en español, haga clic aquí. The safety and well-being of our clients, staff and volunteers continues to be our priority. We have resumed most of our in-person programming, adhering to the CDC’s recommendations, with modifications...

Common Warning Signs of Abuse

The following list can help you determine whether you or someone you care about is involved in an abusive relationship. Not all of these characteristics need to be present for a relationship to be abusive, and characteristics by themselves do not necessarily indicate...

Internet Safety Tips

Keep Your Use of the Internet Secret From Your Abuser If possible, avoid using your home computer or any computer that your abuser may use. Lots of information is saved on a computer when you use the Internet. Information about passwords, such as the password to your...

What Makes It Difficult to Leave Abusive Situations

When learning about domestic violence, people often ask “why don’t they just leave?” This is one of the most common myths about abuse, and there are many factors that make it difficult for victims of domestic violence to leave an abusive relationship. While it may...

Remembering the Lives Lost to Domestic Violence

Revised October 9, 2023 People often ask us about the purple figures displayed on our grounds in October. The history of these silhouettes is tied to a project called “Remember My Name” started by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and Ms....

What to expect when calling our 24-Hour Hotline

The Women’s Center’s 24-Hour Hotline provides a critical lifeline to victims of domestic and sexual violence. Last year alone, we responded 7,170 calls – that’s almost one call an hour, every hour of every day during the year. Our trained staff and provide:  an outlet...