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If you have any questions or would more information, please contact Emily Shier, Executive Director here and we will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for your interest and support.

PAVE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – Tax ID 39-1373090

Since 1978, PAVE has been providing shelter and comprehensive programing and support for those experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault in Dodge County and more recently, Jefferson County.  PAVE is a vital part of the community safety net, working in partnership with employers, healthcare providers, schools and the criminal justice system. We serve children, teens and adultsregardless of race, color, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity (or expression), religion, disability, and national origin.  PAVE  provides emergency shelter, outreach, prevention education, and advocacy. We also work with victims affected by human trafficking by providing safe shelter and intensive supportive care.

As Dodge County’s only domestic violence shelter, PAVE answered 3,000 crisis calls and provided more than 10,500 nights of refuge over the last three years. Our current shelter is a four bedroom, two bathroom private residence with a capacity of 22 people. PAVE frequently operates at capacity with an ongoing waiting list and we are forced to find other options for victims seeking shelter. 

After a comprehensive feasibility study, we have determined that it no longer makes financial sense to invest in costly repairs to our current aging, inadequate shelter. Therefore, we are moving forward with our Growing Stronger Together capital campaign to create a larger, more secure facility consistent with best practices in providing a suitable environment of healing for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault until they can safely move on. We will be able to meet the specific needs of individuals, families, elderly, and the LGBTQ community, and expand our community programming. Other benefits of the new space will include a safe exchange area for co-parenting circumstances, indoor and outdoor play areas for children and accommodation for family pets, which are often used as pawns in domestic abuse situations.

Please join us as we embark on a $3.3 million community fundraising campaign to build a safe and secure refuge that is consistent with the most advanced research in our field. It takes a community effort to put a stop to abuse. With your support, we can create a community that’s empowered, educated, and equipped to break the cycle of violence in Dodge County. Our entire community is safer when we can provide the kind of prevention, refuge, education, and outreach that PAVE strives to offer twenty-four hours a day.

 PAVE is often the sole ray of hope in a sea of darkness to those we serve. Clients best describe our impact in their own words:

   “PAVE… has been nothing but blessings to me and my daughter.

              … supported me at a time when I did not have anybody on my side.

              … helped me to get up and fight until the end.”

Some reasons why we need to expand our vital work:
  • 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in her lifetime (National Institute of Justice, 2000)
  • Three million American children are exposed to domestic violence in their homes each year. (American Psychology Association)
  • Children exposed to domestic violence suffer low self esteem, depression, sleep difficulties, PTSD, poor impulse control, and are at a higher risk for problems in school, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual acting out, running away, fear and suicide. (Jaffe, Wolfe & Wilson, Children of Battered Women, 1990)
  • Human trafficking has become a tragic reality in Dodge County, as we are located at the midpoint of the largest cities in Wisconsin. 
  • Nearly 50 percent of domestic violence victims have delayed leaving their abuser out of fear of harm to their animals (Carlisle-Frank, Frank and Nielsen, (2004). Pets as Pawns. )
  • 71 percent of pet-owning women entering women’s shelters reported that their batterer had injured, maimed, killed or threatened family pets for revenge or to psychologically control victims (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
  • Each year in our country, the cost of domestic violence exceeds $8.3 billion. Victims lose nearly eight million days of paid work.
  • $4.1 Billion Total cost of health care for female victim per year in the U.S.
  • 486,151 Visits to ER by victims of rape and physical assault per year in the U.S.
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