To empower those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault by offering safety, support, and community awareness.
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.
OUR CORE VALUES
FRIENDS has been the sole provider of domestic abuse and sexual assault services in Washington County since 1978. Using trauma-informed services, staff provides survivor victim-centered emotional support and programs that help individuals and families lead non-violent independent living and develop healthy well-being well beyond program exit.
Our services have steadily increased since 1978; Last year FRIENDS:
Provided 7,071 nights of safe shelter to 100 individuals
Responded to 1,100 crisis calls.
Conducted new Intakes for 280 individuals
Facilitated 1,827 sessions for 365 clients; including 425 art therapy sessions and 430 legal sessions)
Presented 235 presentations in schools and at community groups to 7,800 individuals
34 was the median age
76% identify DV
24% identify SA
FRIENDS, originally named “Friends for Battered Women,” began programming in 1978 with three volunteers who answered a 24-hour crisis line and provided short-term shelter for women and children that were in immediate crisis.
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FRIENDS has an annual operating budget of $1,020,950 with a variety of funding sources including: Federal; State; United Way Washington County; United Way Greater Milwaukee/Waukesha County; and private foundations. The organization is accountable to our public and private funders, Board of Directors, and stakeholders. In addition, FRIENDS is required on an annual basis to have an audit completed by an independent 3rd party auditing firm.
Our annual report can be found in our Reports & Newsletters section.