Family wellness

Domestic violence 24-hour help line at 608-251-4445. TDD and interpreter services are available. If you feel your life may be in danger, please call 911.

Text “HOPELINE” to 741741 HOPELINE, by the Center for Suicide Awareness, is a text-in (not voice call-in) free service for help and hope. HOPELINE is the first Emotional Support Text Line in Wisconsin and provides service throughout the entire state.

Food assistance  If you are in need of food assistance, call 2-1-1 to find a pantry that is open near you. By dialing 2-1-1 you are connected to a local resource and referral service that can answer your questions about where to access resources in your community.  The Dane County Food Pantry Network is a group of approximately 50 food pantries, meal sites, and shelters throughout Dane County.

Community Resources Access to Community Health  Community health centers are local, non-profit care providers serving low-income and medically underserved communities.

Federally supported health centers such as Access offer high-quality health care and dental care with responsibility placed on a patient’s ability to pay. FQHCs costs of care rank among the lowest.  (608) 443-5480

DAIS    DAIS offers a wide array of crisis intervention and community education and prevention programs, including a 24-hour Help Line, programming for children from violent homes, legal advocacy, support groups, emergency safety planning, and the only domestic violence shelter for all of Dane County. Help line: 608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045

Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center    When a law enforcement officer or child protection worker suspects that a child has been victimized or witnessed a crime, they need to know that the child is safe. Prior to Safe Harbor opening its doors in 1999, a child would have been interviewed multiple times not only by law enforcement and child protection workers, but also potentially by medical professionals, a counselor, and a prosecuting attorney.

Safe Harbor provides a safe and friendly place for a child to talk about what has happened to them, so that hopefully the child will be interviewed only once. Safe Harbor brings professionals together from all the agencies involved with a case, and the child talks to a highly trained interviewer. The statement is recorded, and if charges are filed, the recorded statement may be used in court in place of the child’s testimony.

Staff at Safe Harbor not only coordinate the video recorded forensic interviews, but also coordinate mental health services for children and families who have come to Safe Harbor.

(608) 661-9787   Email.