Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced on Wednesday that Dane County will provide Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Inc. (DAIS) with $58,000 in emergency funding over the next two months to help maintain its services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“DAIS is an invaluable organization in our community, and we are committed to making sure those experiencing domestic abuse continue to have access to essential resources, especially during this challenging time,” said Parisi in a statement. “DAIS offers important services to some of the most vulnerable in our community, and we are happy that our financial support will help them continue their work over the next two months.”

DAIS is a Madison non-profit with the mission of empowering those affected by domestic violence and advocate for social change through support, education and outreach. DAIS operates the County’s only domestic violence shelter, a 24-hour helpline, texting helpline, legal advocacy, emergency safety planning, support groups, children’s programming and primary prevention and education programs.

“In the wake of funding challenges elsewhere, we are incredibly grateful for the County Executive’s leadership in response to COVID-19,” said Shannon Barry, Executive Director at DAIS, in a press release. “As Dane County’s only domestic violence shelter and service provider, we know the need for our services will be greater now than ever; this funding will help us serve and support our most vulnerable as they navigate these turbulent times.”

The State of Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” orders to curb the spread of COVID-19 are expected to result in an increased need for services provided at DAIS.  Dane County’s emergency funding will help ensure the continued operations of DAIS’ most essential services, including the 24-Hour Help Line and the only shelter for domestic violence victims and their children in Dane County.