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Association for the Prevention of Family Violence (APFV)

APFV provides confidential services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault free of charge. For assistance call 262-723-4653. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. After-hours crisis calls are forwarded to DHHS.

APFV services include:

Crisis Line
APFV professional staff respond to crisis calls regarding domestic violence and sexual assault. After-hours crisis calls are forwarded to DHHS.

APFV advocates help victims to develop safety plans, discuss options for change, and provide emotional support.

APFV provides assistance to victims in obtaining outside services and networking with agencies in the community.

Public Education
APFV provides the community with quality education and information regarding domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Legal Advocacy
APFV provides assistance to victims in understanding legal issues arising from domestic abuse and sexual assault. Staff will assist in the completion of restraining orders and provide emotional support throughout the process. APFV also provides support to victims involved in other legal proceedings such as divorce and custody disputes.

Children's Services
APFV assists children who are affected by domestic abuse in their homes by offering individual counseling, support groups, and public education.

Information and Referral
APFV provides information about services available to deal with domestic abuse and sexual assault. APFV will provide referrals for services such as emergency shelter.

Women's Support Groups
APFV conducts weekly support groups for women who are current or former victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. The group explores issues such as safety, self-esteem, assertiveness, self-sufficiency, and life without violence. Two groups meet each week: a Domestic Violence Support group and a Sexual Assault support group.

Transitional Housing Project
APFV works with the Walworth County Housing Authority to place participants in safe environment in sites throughout the county. The project seeks to provide victims of domestic abuse and their children with safe and affordable housing for up to 24 months. Participants are required to be involved in other supportive services such as counseling, employment assistance, education assistance, Child Support, legal advocacy, and self-sufficiency.


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