As Dodge County’s only 24 hour domestic violence safe space, PAVE answered 3,000 crisis calls and provided more than 10,500 nights of refuge during the past three years. Our current five-bedroom, twenty-bed shelter falls short in providing the space for victims. Our facility is frequently full to maximum capacity with an ongoing waiting list and we must turn away approximately 25 adults and their children every year.

With 20 adults and children living in the small 5-bedroom house, there’s little privacy. Communal living in tight bedroom, kitchen, laundry, bath and lounge spaces creates tension, while sleeping next to strangers is often a concern for clients. Disagreements over parenting styles, cultural differences, and different standards of cleanliness add to the conflict. Clients have reported that the stress from sharing bedrooms and common living spaces often negates the benefits of the safe space.

Our advocates spend, at a minimum, 7-8 hours per week handling client conflict within the house. Although some conflict will always exist, additional stress for victims and valuable staff resources are being exhausted due to our current housing system.

In addition to outgrowing the building, we recognize that our current model of service is outdated and presents significant challenges to providing appropriate safety, support and much-needed resources for victims and survivors as they navigate through recovery from violence, abuse and moving on toward a violence-free life.

Victims of domestic violence in Dodge county count on PAVE for safety, security and healing. While serving us well for more than 30 years, our safe space no longer meets the needs of our clients or the community.


Client entrance into current shelter.

Outside patio for clients staying in shelter.

While our current facility is in a confidential location, there are benefits to bringing a safe space out into the open. Keeping victims in hiding reinforces their feelings of shame and humiliation, while at the same time cutting them off from friends and family.


One of five overcrowded bedrooms in the current shelter for a large family.

One of the five overcrowded bedrooms in the current shelter for a small family.

One of the five overcrowded bedrooms in the current shelter for a small family.

One of the five overcrowded bedrooms in the current shelter for a small family.


Kitchen and Dining spaces in the current shelter do not provide adequate space for multiple families to safely cook at the same time or enjoy family meals together.

Living Room

This is the only living/gathering room in our current shelter, which is shared by five families.

Current playroom area. There is no space for teens to complete homework or take a break from younger siblings.

Office Area

This area serves multi-purposes as our lobby, reception, donation drop off, copy/print center, and intake area.  It lacks confidentiality and the space needed to process donations. Due to lack of storage upstairs, once donations are processed, they must be carried down narrow stairs to the basement for storage.

Another view of the lobby area which houses our only copier and only printer.

Storage Area

The following pictures are of our basement storage areas. While we are grateful for all of the donations we receive, we lack space to store much needed items.  Due to the lack of space, we have stopped accepting clothing donations. We have partnered with St. Vincent de Paul to provide clothing for our clients.

Food Storage (not ideal in a damp basement which is prone to rodent infestation)

Undergarments and Baby Supply Area.

Cleaning Supplies and Hygiene Room

Blanket and Bedding Area

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