(Beaver Dam) Dodge County’s domestic violence shelter has seen increased need in 2020. Ashley Welak – the Executive Director of PAVE, Protect, Advocate, Validate and Educate – says their organization has served 1,272 victims and survivors through the end of November. The non-profit has provided 1,891 nights of shelter and has answered 1,596 crises calls. Welak says through November, PAVE had exceeded the number of calls to their crises line by roughly 300 over last year.
During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Welak said the pandemic has caused a greater need for domestic violence services with isolation being a major cause. She says that safer-at-home-orders made it harder for victims to escape. Welak adds as unemployment surged, there are very real financial anxieties that may make it even more difficult for a victim to leave an abusive situation.
Anyone who needs PAVE’s services should get in touch with the group. PAVE’s crises lines are 800-775-3785 (toll free) and 920-887-3785. They also have a texting hotline which is 920-344-0123. Their email is [email protected]. You can also contact the group through the website at www.pavedc.org.