Family Advocates, Inc Mission
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.
In the seventies, a group of concerned individuals began talking about a need for domestic abuse and the community’s response to individuals in need. They started the Project on Domestic Abuse for our area.
In the eighties, a 24-hour crisis line was created and with the support of grants from the City of Platteville and Community Development Block Grant, a shelter was opened. The shelter was a two-story house where women were provided a safe place to stay for up to 30 days. This shelter was first designated for only Grant County, and was later expanded to include the residents of Iowa and Lafayette Counties.
In the later part of the eighties, money from the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA) helped us to expand and add a Sexual Assault Program, Children’s Services Program and hire a Volunteer Coordinator. We also relocated to a larger building with the ability to house more victims. The original building was then
converted into two apartments for use as a transitional living arrangement for a family or individuals to begin a fresh start.
Through the nineties, a Legal Advocacy Program and we began a Domestic Abuse On-Call Advocacy Program. We serve victims at hospitals with law enforcement agencies to guide them through the process and to support them through their journey.
On December 15, 2017, after 35 years of being an undisclosed location, Family Advocates, Inc. publicized the address of the shelter in Platteville. Our hope is to make it easier for victims to access services & seek safety. Residents are given an initial 45 day stay within the shelter; however, 90 days is the average stay.
Family Advocates, Inc. serves over 400 men, women and children annually.