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Low-Cost Legal Assistance and Self Help Tools in Dane County : Victims

A list of legal assistance agencies and clinics in Dane County, WI. Organized by area of law.

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services

2102 Fordem Avenue
Madison, WI 53704

Phone: (608) 251-1237

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
[Crisis lines open 24 hours : (608) 251-4445; 1-800-747-4045;]


Legal Assistance- Advocacy, accompaniment to court hearings and attorney referral for domestic abuse victims who are involved in divorce and custody cases, charged with crimes which may be related to domestic abuse, or seeking restraining orders

Eligibility - Dane County victims of domestic violence and their children.

*If you live outside of Dane County, you can call 1-800-799-SAFE to be connected with a program near you.

Costs - Free services

Contact - Ask to speak to a legal advocate.

Staff - Two full time and one part time legal advocates. Not attorneys.

Publications - Web site -; or specifically, visit the Legal Help Page
Numerous brochures dealing with various aspects of domestic abuse. Call for details.

Rape Crisis Center (Sexual Violence Resource Center)

2801 Coho Street Suite 301
Madison, WI 53713
Phone: Business line (608) 251-5126; Crisis Helpline 608-251-7273; Línea De Ayuda: 608-258-2567

Fax (608) 251 - 6229
Crisis Line/Services (608) 251-7273 (24 hours)

Línea De Ayuda: 608-258-2567

Legal Assistance - Assistance with and accompaniment to proceedings pertaining to the following matters: making a police report, investigative interviews, initial hearings, preliminary hearings, motions, trials, sentencings, revocations, etc. Counselor/advocates are familiar with all these proceedings and can explain what may happen to a victim. They are not legal professionals. Their role is to provide information and support to a victim and her/his support people.

Eligibility - Anyone in Dane County with an action involving sexual assault.

Costs - Free services

Contact - No particular contact person

Staff - Counselor/advocates who provide information and support

Publications - Web site at

Notes - Crisis line open 24 hours; campus locations for UW-Madison, Edgewood College, and Madison College (MATC) available here:

Restorative Justice Project

Frank J. Remington Center
University of Wisconsin Law School, Room 4318B
Madison, WI 53703
Phone:(608) 263-7905

Legal Assistance - Mediation between the victims of crime and criminal offenders. Currently, the project's focus is on mediation in two arenas: 1) work with juvenile offenders and their victims in Dane County, in conjunction with the county’s Juvenile Victim Offender Conferencing Services; and 2) work with felony offenders and their victims, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Eligibility - Any victim of a crime in which the offender is under the supervision of Wisconsin's Department of Corrections. At the director's discretion, other victims may be deemed to be eligible.

Costs - Free services

Contact - Jonathan Scharrer, Director

Staff - Law students under the supervision of Jonathan Scharrer, Clinical Associate Professor.

Publications - Information available on a sub page of the UW Law School's web site at
Brochure available in room 4318B.