Community Spotlight: DAIS

Today, we are highlighting one of my favorite organizations that supports the Madison community. Located at 2102 Fordem Avenue on Madion's West side, DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) offers a wide array of crisis intervention and community education/prevention programs, including a 24-hour Help Line (608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045), programming for children from violent homes, legal advocacy, support groups, emergency safety planning, and the only domestic violence shelter for all of Dane County.

Posted by a DAIS employee:

"The courtroom is an intimidating place for a domestic violence survivor.  “What if the Judge does not believe me?”  That is a question that I am commonly asked by our clients.  Receiving validation from the Court is such an understated privilege.  The survivors we serve already fought so hard to make that initial phone call to our helpline, that having their story heard, and believed, in the courtroom is crucial. 

I have a Thank You card on my desk from the very first client that I ever helped obtain a restraining order.  I remember that we were both so nervous during our meeting, but for obviously different reasons.  In the card, she wrote: “If you were not there, I don’t know if I could have done it alone.” 

So, that is why I work for them…So that they do not have to do it alone."

Madison Soap Company proudly donates soap and toiletry items to DAIS clients.

For more information about DAIS, follow this link.

If you would like to donate money, click here.

If you would prefer to donate new items, here is a list of what DAIS is currently accepting. The do not accept used clothes/linens/housewares/toys. Bolded items are high need items.

For more information about donations, you can contact:

Personal Care Items 

  • African American hair care products & relaxer
  • Conditioner
  • Hair brushes/combs
  • Body wash (for men & women)
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant (for men & women)
  • Chapstick
  • Toothbrushes (no multi-packs, single only)
  • Mouthwash (non-alcoholic)
  • Hand soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kleenex – purse size packs
  • Flip flops

Baby & Children’s Items

  • Baby shampoo
  • Baby lotion
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby bottles (plastic only)
  • Diapers (sizes 4,5,6)
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Baby socks
  • Children’s underwear (all sizes, boys and girls)
  • Children’s socks (all sizes)
  • Children’s pajamas (all sizes, boys and girls)
  • Kid scissors

Women’s Items

  • Women’s underwear (all sizes, new in package)
  • Women’s socks (all sizes)
  • Bras (all sizes)
  • Women’s pajamas (M-3XL)
  • Women’s t-shirts (M-3XL)
  • Women’s sweatshirts (M-3XL)
  • Women’s sweatpants (M-3XL)
  • Women’s winter coats (M-3XL)
  • African American make-up
  • Nail polish & nail polish remover
  • Body spray/perfume
  • Sanitary napkins

Men’s Items

  • Men’s socks (all sizes)
  • Men’s underwear/boxers (all sizes)
  • Men’s undershirts (all sizes)
  • Men’s pajamas (all sizes)
  • Men’s pants (all sizes)
  • Men’s shoes (all sizes)
  • Cologne


  • Plastic drinking glasses
  • Travel mugs
  • Water bottles
  • Coffee mugs
  • Silverware (especially forks and spoons)
  • Cereal or soup bowls
  • Sippy cups
  • Pitchers
  • Blender
  • Pots & pans
  • Single use foil pans (9×9)
  • Pot holders
  • Plastic food storage containers
  • Dish towels
  • Bath towels
  • Twin sizes comforters
  • Tote bags
  • Night lights
  • Desk lamps
  • Alarm clocks
  • Android & iphone wall phone chargers
  • Adult coloring books
  • Adult puzzles

Gift Cards

  • Gas cards – $10-$15 dollar increments
  • Woodman’s
  • Wal-Mart & Target
  • Walgreens & CVS
  • Costco, HyVee, UW Provisions
  • Little Caesar’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, Falbo’s

Four Star Charity

120x90Domestic Abuse Intervention Services is proud to be recognized as a four star charity by Charity Navigator, America’s premier independent charity evaluator. Charity Navigator works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the financial health of America’s largest charities.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services received a four-star rating, meaning we exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in our Cause. We are proud to announce Domestic Abuse Intervention Services has earned Charity Navigator’s 4th consecutive 4-star rating.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public. Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Domestic Abuse Intervention Services to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.” – Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator

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