COVID-19 Announcement

We are still here for you. 

At FRIENDS, we are taking current mandates very seriously. We have temporarily reduced the number of staff working together in our building at one time (while the rest work remotely), and we have increased our cleaning and sanitizing efforts. We are still operating a 24/7 crisis line and have staff ready to answer questions, to process concerns, and to advocate for our clients as always. 

We understand the extra challenges many of our clients face being quarantined at home in potentially dangerous situations. 

If you can, please reach out to us to talk, to safety plan, and to schedule remote sessions with an advocate.

Please continue to call for shelter and advocacy. In the meantime, watch our Facebook and Instagram  for frequent communication and updates.

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The world looks different right now, but at this time we are still planning to hold our annual fundraiser event in October. 

If you buy your tickets now, you get the advantage of early bird pricing and the option for dual ticket pricing:

$40 per ticket, or $75 for two tickets

**The price will increase to $50 per ticket starting on September 15th with no discount for buying two at once**

To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, click on the picture of the flyer, or click on the link below. You will be taken to our event page hosted on Give Lively's site.


We will keep everyone updated on any potential changes as the year progresses. But until then, we look forward to seeing you in October.

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 our 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

© 2020 by 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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