Our History

2015

SFPC launched mobile app to connect victims and other community members to Sojourner and other resources.

SFPC, the District Attorney’s Office and all 20 law enforcement agencies in Milwaukee County implement the Lethality Assessment Program.

2014

In collaboration with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Courts and the city of Milwaukee, SFPC opened the Milwaukee Visitation Center to provide safe exchange and supervised visitation for families with a history of domestic violence.

SFPC joined Milwaukee Public Schools and other partners in major prevention efforts within public and private schools.

SFPC and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin broke ground for the new building on 6th and Walnut which includes partner space using the Family Justice Center model.

2013

SFPC started specialized case management for families of homicide victims, near fatal domestic abuse and co-occurring child maltreatment and family violence.

SFPC organized a major conference on abuse in later life in collaboration with the Milwaukee County Department on Aging.

SFPC hired the project manager, architect, and contractor and began designing the new facility.

2012

SFPC began the Courage Campaign to build support for the new center.

In collaboration with the Wisconsin Humane Society, SFPC begins the “Safe Haven” program to raise awareness of the link between animal abuse and family violence and provide foster homes for pets of fleeing victims.

2011

SFPC demolished existing building at 619 W. Walnut in preparation for the new facility.

2010

SFPC purchased property at 619 W. Walnut and began planning to create a new model of addressing family violence.

2009

The Task Force on Family Violence, Inc. merged with Sojourner Truth House, Inc. to form Sojourner Family Peace Center, Inc.

Sojourner Truth House increased its bed space from 37 to 42 beds to address the increased demand for emergency shelter.

2007

Sojourner Truth House and the Task Force on Family Violence participate in a large-scale Milwaukee County collaborative effort entitled Grants to Encourage Arrests. This effort resulted in police district-based domestic violence prosecutors and Advocates and a pinpoint focus on efforts to ensure the successful prosecution of domestic violence perpetrators.

2004

Sojourner Truth House equipped its emergency domestic violence shelter to be wheelchair accessible.

2002

The Task Force on Family Violence became an official member of Milwaukee’s Child Abuse Response Team (CART) and began providing advocacy services at the Child Protective Center of Children’s Hospital.

1999

The Task Force on Family Violence established the Children’s Advocacy Program in collaboration with Legal Action of Wisconsin.

Milwaukee County was named as one of three sites involved in a collaborative five-year U.S. Department of Justice, Judicial Oversight Demonstration project, a national effort geared toward the development of an effective and coordinated judicial response to domestic violence. This greatly enhanced abuser accountability and increased the likelihood that abusers would undergo effective treatment. This effort also attempted to identify and address gaps in victim services.

Sojourner Truth House increased the capacity of its emergency domestic violence shelter to 38 beds.

1997

Sojourner Truth House established Belle Resource Center for Women and Children. Belle Resource Center provides group support and advocacy services to the victims of domestic violence from throughout the greater Milwaukee metropolitan area.

The Task Force on Battered Women changed its name to the Task Force on Family Violence of Milwaukee, Inc.

The Task Force on Family Violence established the Legal Emergency Assistance Project (LEAP) in collaboration with Legal Action of Wisconsin.

1993

Sojourner Truth House participated in a collaborative five-year domestic violence study, entitled the “Safe at Home Violence Against Women Prevention Project”, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program targeted abuser intervention and education, and serves as the model for our Beyond Abuse program.

Sojourner Truth House was invited to staff a Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate program in the Domestic Violence unit of the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office.

1989

The State of Wisconsin enacted a mandatory arrest law for a wide range of domestic violence situations. Law enforcement officers from throughout Milwaukee County also began calling the 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline.

1987

The Task Force on Battered Women established the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, an 18-week educational program for batterers.

1986

The City of Milwaukee Police Department implemented a mandatory arrest policy for domestic violence battery incidents and designated Sojourner Truth House to oversee and operate the 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline.

The Task Force on Battered Women moved the Advocacy Program to its current location at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.

1982

The Task Force on Battered Women and the Junior League of Milwaukee produced and premiered the film, “Domestic Violence: The All-American Crime”.

1981

In response to the need to help abusers change their destructive behaviors, Sojourner Truth House established Batterers Anonymous-Beyond Abuse. Participation in the 23-week program increases each year as professionals working in the criminal justice system and other social service agencies become more familiar with the tragedy of domestic violence.

The Task Force on Battered Women organized “Battered Women: A Moral Dilemma” –the second national conference on domestic violence.

1980

Sojourner Truth House purchased its current, larger facility. Local foundations and individuals provided funds for this purchase.

The Task Force on Battered Women assisted in writing and publishing “Survival: A Handbook for Battered Women” in collaboration with the Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association’s domestic violence committee and Milwaukee Insurance company.

1978

Sojourner Truth House, the first shelter for battered women in Milwaukee, was created by the Women’s Coalition and the Task Force on Battered Women. Sojourner Truth House was incorporated as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization. The shelter was located in a renovated duplex on Wisconsin Avenue.

1977

The Task Force on Battered Women was instrumental in the founding of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Women Abuse.

The Task Force on Battered Women developed the Advocates for Battered Women Project, housed in the District Attorney’s Office, in collaboration with the Junior League of Milwaukee.

1976

The Task Force on Battered Women organized the first Wisconsin conference on battered women. This conference led to the creation of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 1978.

1975

The Task Force on Battered Women was founded by the Women’s Coalition.