With a commitment to safety, respect, and compassion for individuals and families, Advocates of Ozaukee works to end domestic and sexual violence through education, prevention, and intervention services.
- Established in 1980 in response to the need of services for domestic violence in Ozaukee County.
- Reached full status as domestic abuse shelter in 1988 through implementation of the seven Mandates required by Wisconsin statute 46.95:
- 24-hour crisis line
- Temporary housing and food
- Advocacy and counseling
- Community education services
- Arrangements for education of school-age children
- Emergency transport to shelter
- Referral and follow-up services
- Formed countywide task force in April of 1995: Ozaukee Peace Initiative (OPI)
- Employed personnel include a full-time Executive Director, Associate Director, Office Manager, Sexual Violence Services Director/Outreach Services Director. Part-time employees include Resource Development Manager, Client & Child Advocate, Volunteer Manager/Advocate, Shelter Manager, Associates, Relief Workers, and Support Group Facilitators.
We have so many services - so much more than our brief "about" page describes (or could contain, for that matter). Besides having 24-hour crisis lines, a 24-hour texting hotline, and client intake (housing, etc.), we actually do more outside of our doors than in.
Outreach Services Include:
- Counseling & Education
- Group for adults and children
- Speaking to children, teens , adults
- Legal Advocacy
- Medical Advocacy and accompaniment
- Safety Planning
- Court Accompaniment
- Advocacy Services within the Social Services system
- Transportation assistance
- Housing assistance
- Information and referrals
- Children and teen counseling - one on one
- Volunteer opportunities