Domestic Violence Services

A United Way Agency

Keeping Children and Families Safe in Our Communities


Family Advocates is a nonprofit organization providing services for victims of sexual assault and family/partner abuse. Services include a 24-hour help line (608-348-3838 or 1-800-924-2624), counseling, advocacy, crisis intervention, support groups, emergency shelter and more. Family Advocates serves residents of Grant, Iowa and Lafayette Counties through offices in each county. All services are free and confidential. Speakers are available for community organizations.

What is Domestic Violence

Domestic violence refers to a wide variety of behaviors used by individuals, to exert power and control over their intimate partners or former partners. Victims can be male or female and perpetrators can be of either sex as well.

Family/Partner Abuse Services

Family/partner abuse is the physical, emotional, and/or psychological injuring of one member of a relationship to the other. The relationship may or may not be familial in nature. It is a crime punishable by law.

Types of Domestic Violence
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Emotional
  • Psychological
  • Financial
Services offered:
  • 24-hour peer counseling, by phone or in person
  • Emergency, temporary shelter
  • Support groups
  • Information, referral and advocacy services
  • Community education

Victim Advocacy

To advocate means to support another person or cause. An advocate for survivors of violent crimes assists people with legal, social, educational, employment, medical, and other services that individuals need to pursue the goal of escaping violence in their lives.

Services offered:
  • 24-hour help line, peer counseling and advocacy by phone or in person
  • Information and referral services for employment, education, legal, medical, and other services
  • Assist in completing legal forms and Crime Victim Compensation applications
  • Provide understanding of the legal process
  • Advocacy for court procedures
  • Law enforcement in-services
  • Community education


Family Advocates, Inc. is dedicated to the eradication of abuse. Prevention and intervention services will be provided to victims and survivors of domestic, sexual, child, and elder abuse in Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette Counties.

Non-discrimination Statement

Family Advocates, Inc. does not discriminate when providing services on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, disability, arrest or conviction record, sexual orientation, sexual identity, marital status, membership in the military reserve, or use or non-use of lawful products.