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How do I get a restraining order against my abuser?
What is "mandatory arrest" and how does it work?
Is there any emotional support available for my children?
I have a cat & dog. What will happen to them if I stay in the shelter?

How do I get a restraining order against my abuser?
Consult our restraining order guidelines section for information.

What is "mandatory arrest" and how does it work?
Wisconsin has a mandatory arrest policy, which means that in most cases, the officer called to the scene will arrest the primary physical aggressor. In determining who is the primary physical aggressor, an officer should consider the intent of this section to protect victims of domestic violence, the relative degree of injury or fear inflicted on the persons involved and any history of domestic abuse between these persons, if that history can reasonably be ascertained by the officer.

The victim is not "pressing charges" against the aggressor. The state of Wisconsin is pressing charges. To find out more about this, please call the District Attourney's Office at: 920-448-4190

Is there any emotional support available for my children?
Yes. We have full-time children's advocates who can meet and talk with your children. We also have a children's support group that meets every Tuesday from 6:00-7 (the same time as the women's support group meeting). See the Support Group Brochure for more information.

I have a cat & dog. What will happen to them if I stay in the shelter?
We work with organizations that will board your pet for free (for a set amount of time) while you're staying at the shelter.