Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs

At Harbor House, we realize that domestic abuse is a complex, multifaceted problem requiring complex, multifaceted solutions. In addition to offering programs and services that directly assist victims and survivors of domestic abuse, we work to build our community’s capacity to respond to abuse. By taking a holistic approach that tackles the issue of domestic abuse from multiple disciplines and perspectives, we hope to eradicate domestic abuse from Northeast Wisconsin.


Women’s Program

Available to both men and women, as well as shelter residents and non-residents, the Harbor House Women’s Program helps clients plan for their safety and cope with the trauma they’ve experienced as a result of domestic abuse. Advocates teach clients how to recognize the types of abuse affecting their lives and direct them to a variety of services.

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Youth Program

Our Youth Program helps children and teens heal the emotional wounds that come from witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse. Youth programming focuses on restoring the relationship between children and their protective parents. Young people are supported through counseling, educational and legal advocacy, support group, and other fun activities.

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Community Outreach & Prevention Education

Our Community Outreach Program helps educate community members about the various types of domestic abuse, the traumatic effects of abuse, and ways to help someone in an abusive relationship. We also provide Prevention Education in local schools to help students identify healthy relationships and show them how to find help for themselves and others.

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Domestic Violence Intervention Program

Domestic Violence Intervention Program holds domestic violence offenders accountable with assessments, education, and monitoring. We also participate in various coordinated community response teams in order to build strong collaborative relationships with fellow advocates and enhance the safety of abuse victims, police, and other community members.

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Shelter Program

The Shelter Program provides safe, temporary shelter to individuals and families experiencing domestic abuse. Women and children are given shelter in our main facility, while men are provided alternative shelter based on need and level of danger. Shelter residents receive counseling and support services in a safe, secure, and inclusive environment.

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Calumet County Rural Outreach Program

Located in Chilton, our Calumet County Outreach Office provides programming similar to what’s offered at our main location in Appleton. Special attention is given to the unique circumstances faced by domestic abuse victims and survivors living in rural communities. We also facilitate a number of community initiatives including the Run T.A.L.L. 5K.

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iBecause a substantial majority of our clients are women, this program is referred to as the “Women’s Program” and program advocates are referred to as “Women’s Advocates.” On this website, we also sometimes refer to program clients as “women.” Despite this use of nomenclature, we realize that domestic abuse also affects men, and we make most of our programming – including individual counseling, safety planning, legal advocacy, and domestic advocacy – available to men as well.