END DOMESTIC ABUSE WI
Because October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, it’s encouraging to know that the only statewide coalition led by social advocates and attorneys is the organization End Domestic Abuse WI. Based out of Madison — and founded in 1978 — they seek to provide safety to all affected by abuse. They have witnessed an increased need for legal services for refugees and immigrant survivors of sexual and domestic violence.
Impact 211 is a local crisis and health service organization and has been operating in Milwaukee for over 60 years. They offer a free confidential helpline that provides an online resource directory that links people in need or experiencing community disasters. In addition to helping those experiencing domestic violence, they are also a lifeline for those that are the most vulnerable, those suffering substance abuse, mental health, poverty, the elderly, and many more.
The HIR (Healing Intergenerational Roots) Wellness institute is unique in that they establish a social justice informed and culturally-rooted intergenerational healing approach that improves wellness outcomes for Indigenous and underserved communities. The institute is a woman and survivor-led organization that provides free occupational therapy, mental health counseling, and victim/legal advocacy services.
ADVOCATES OF OZAUKEE
Established in 1980, Advocates of Ozaukee is a domestic and sexual violence prevention, education, and intervention agency. Serving the Ozaukee County and greater Milwaukee area, they provide emergency shelter, counseling, food and transportation, legal advocacy, and transitional living. In addition to having 24-hour crisis lines, Advocates also provides court accompaniment, and medical advocacy.
BENEDICT CENTER, INC.
Founded in 1974 and located on the north side of Milwaukee, the Benedict Center provides advocacy and services for women in the criminal justice system. Their goal is to help low-income and underserved women that are justice involve live healthier lives for themselves, their children, and their community. To do this, they help women navigate and exit through the maze of legal obligations; furthermore, ensure to build women’s skills and confidence to continue their life goals. benedictcenter.org
CORE EL CENTRO
Since 2002, Core El Centro offers integrative natural wellness and health services to children and adults of all income levels in Milwaukee’s south side. Their natural healing health model includes massage therapy, acupuncture, gardening, children’s wellness, movement classes, and social change through community health advocacy. Participants have reported to gain more ability to focus, sense of hope, and less depression.