Mission & Organization History

FRIENDS, Inc. Mission:

To empower those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault by offering safety, support, and community awareness.

FRIENDS Vision Statement:

We envision a socially just community where all voices are heard, where all gender identities are made to feel safe, and where all acts of domestic violence, sexual assault, and oppression are neither accepted nor tolerated.

FRIENDS, Inc. (FRIENDS), formerly Friends of Abused Families Inc. and originally named Friends for Battered Women, is the sole provider of shelter and support services for individuals affected by domestic violence and sexual assault in Washington County.

In an effort to achieve their mission, FRIENDS provides the following services free of charge. Programs and assistance is available to all individuals regardless of gender, race, citizenship, sexual orientation, disability, income, religion, or age:

  • Emergency Shelter

  • 24 Hour Crisis Hotline

  • Individual Advocacy

  • Legal Assistance

  • Support Groups

  • Transitional Living

  • Art Therapy

  • Community Education

Use the SERVICES link above to learn more detailed information about each program. 

Law Enforcement Agencies Who Support Our Mission Within the County

© 2019 by FRIENDS Inc. 

FRIENDS, Inc.
PO Box 117 West Bend, WI 53095

Crisis Line: 262-334-7298

Serving Washington County since 1978. FRIENDS is a multi-faceted organization providing trauma-informed services to those exposed to domestic violence and sexual assault.

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