A community effort to end domestic violence grows as Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, DAIS, marked the opening of their new home in Madison.
The $5.6 million building is on Fordem Avenue. Sharing the address with the public and displaying a sign outside the front door was a big change from the previous shelter, once hidden from public view.
At 36,000 square feet, the facility offers room for 56 beds, a large kitchen and rooms for children and adults to relax. DAIS officials said it also allows them to expand their services beyond the shelter including opportunities for legal advocacy, crisis intervention and children's programs.
Most importantly, Shannon Barry, executive director for DAIS, said it offers a safe space for the people they serve. The new building has a heightened security system and extra staff.
If you or someone you know is struggling with domestic violence call the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services 24-hour helpline 608-251-4445.