Note: Part of a series to mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The moments and hours after an explosive domestic abuse incident are usually stressful, confusing and incredibly chaotic for a victim and children.
Advocates at The Women’s Community work with local law enforcement to provide immediate support and services to victims during this tumultuous time.
Immediately after the arrest of a perpetrator of domestic violence, local law enforcement will call The Women’s Community 24-hour support line and share the victim’s name and contact information. An advocate will call the victim at any time of the day or night to offer support.
Advocates validate the overwhelming emotions, sort through complicated situations, plan for safety, answer questions about the court process and look for options to meet immediate needs. Advocates offer free, confidential, accessible, and on-going support to victims, which can help break down barriers to living safely.
The Women’s Community also partners with the Wausau and Everest Metro police departments to meet victims, many times at their homes, within 72 hours of an…