Sojourner Family Peace Center has been designated the 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline for the City of Milwaukee and outlying communities since 1986. Staff and volunteers speak directly with victims from the scene of domestic violence incidents investigated by the Milwaukee Police Department and 18 suburban police departments in situations that are subsequently reviewed for criminal charges by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office.
The 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline also receives calls for information and support, and can help callers of all ages. All calls are confidential.
Sojourner Truth House has been in existence since 1978. The 53-bed emergency shelter offers a safe respite for people dealing with domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Shelter residents and their children are provided with basic necessities such as food, clothing, warmth, security, empathy and support, counseling and support groups, advocacy services and children’s programming.
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The 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline for Milwaukee County also operates out of the shelter. A caring and compassionate staff offers confidential, individual counseling and safety planning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our support groups are held in confidential locations and co-taught by two facilitators. Participants will receive information about the following:
IMPORTANT: To safeguard against the spread of COVID-19, people seeking temporary restraining orders (TRO) must file electronically, effective noon on Monday, March 23, 2020.
For assistance filing a restraining order, call Sojourner at (414) 278-5079. Leave a message that includes your full name and a safe call-back number. An Advocate will call back to assist you with filing a TRO online between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. The temporary restraining order documents will NOT be effective until reviewed and approved by a court commissioner.
If you already have filed a restraining order and have an upcoming hearing, report to the Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 712 on the 7th Floor, at your scheduled time. (Refer to the information on the temporary restraining order paperwork received when you filed.)
For more information about the hearing and how to prepare, call Sojourner at (414) 278-5079. Leave a message that includes your full name and a safe call-back number. An Advocate will call back between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday to answer your questions about the hearing. Advocates will be on the phone during the hearing to support you and will talk with you after the hearing. If you do not appear to the hearing, the order will be dismissed.
Questions? Call (414) 278-5079 for more information.
Families affected by violence require additional tools and support to escape their situations and avoid further violence. Sojourner Family Peace Center provides advocacy and in-depth case management services to adult victims of domestic violence.
Case Management includes:
Services provided are available in English, Spanish, Hmong and Russian and are free of charge.
To talk to an Advocate, please call Sojourner Family Peace Center at 414-276-1911 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.Transforming Lives Brochure Folleto de Transformando Vidas
The Life Skills Program at Sojourner encourages self-sufficiency and economic empowerment for victims of domestic violence through an array of services aimed at helping them attain education, training, employment and economic freedom from their abuser. Our programming is comprised of individual and group support, employment readiness training and financial empowerment education designed assist victims of domestic violence in their efforts to achieve self-sufficiency and freedom from abuse.
In 2014, the program served 355 survivors. Of those, 100% completed a personal empowerment plan, 78% completed a financial education workshop, 73% attended empowerment workshops, 59% received assistance with resume development, 49% received assistance in obtaining housing, 18% were linked to financial services and 16% were linked to employment services.
The Wisconsin VINE system is a service through which victims of crime, law enforcement and interested citizens can use the telephone or internet to search for information regarding the custody status of an offender and to register to receive telephone and email notification when the offender’s custody status changes. The VINE toll-free number for the Wisconsin VINE service is 1-888-944-8463. This service is provided to assist victims and the public, who have a right to know about offenders’ custody status.Register for VINE
Domestic violence does not remain “domestic” by staying at home when victims go to work. Homicide is the leading cause of death for women on the job. This violence poses a threat not only to the victims, but it also threatens the safety and well-being of co-workers and customers as well. Its effects are enormous.
For many victims, the workplace remains their only safe connection to the outside world and their only opportunity for achieving independence from the abuser. For their abusers, work remains the only place where the victim can be found after fleeing.
SFPC can help employers with training, policies and provide on-site advocacy if needed. Contact us to discuss how we can partner with you to make your workplace safe for victims of domestic violence to come forward.
Recognizing the link between animal abuse and family violence, Sojourner Family Peace Center and the Wisconsin Humane Society have joined together to offer the Safe Haven Foster Program. Safe Haven provides temporary shelter for pets of domestic violence victims, making it possible for victims to leave a dangerous situation knowing their animal is safe.
Safe Haven offers up to 60 days of shelter for animals of domestic violence victims. Many victims are hesitant to leave a dangerous situation because they fear for their animal’s safety, and this program makes it possible for victims to leave a dangerous situation without losing their companion animal.