Family Support Center

All Services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL

Key areas of service include:

  • Domestic Violence Victim Services
  • Sexual Assault Victim Services
  • Parenting Education & Support Services
  • Community Education and Referral

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence includes any and all behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other.  Domestic violence can happen to anyone regardless of their appearance, race, class, age, sex, religion, cultural background, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Domestic Violence Victim Services

  • Counseling and Advocacy-Domestic violence advocates will listen and explore options with victims/survivors of past and present domestic violence.  We can also provide assistance and support in navigating systems related to violence.
  • Youth Services-We provide counseling and advocacy for youth ages 5-18 who have witnessed or experienced domestic violence.
  • Legal Advocacy-We can provide assistance with Judicare applications, restraining orders, divorce paperwork and support during hearings.  We can not provide legal advice.
  • Safety Planning-We can work with you to create a personalized safety plan whether you choose to remain in or leave a violent relationship.
  • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline-An Advocate is available to provide assistance or counseling 24 hours a day.
  • Outreach and Awareness-Presentations and public education about domestic violence are available.  Please contact the Program Director if interested.
  • Emergency Shelter-We can provide you with options for safe, short-term, emergency shelter as we work with you to find more permanent housing.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any sexual contact or intercourse with another person without consent of that person by use of, or the threat of, force, coercion or violence.

Sexual Assault Victim Services

  • Counseling and Advocacy for Adult & Child Victims
  • Offices in Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire
  • 24-Hour Crisis Line
  • Emergency Room Support
  • Advocacy & Support with Legal Issues
  • Support Groups
  • Support for Families & Friends of Victims

Eau Claire Outreach Office for Sexual Assault Services

  • Counseling for Victims, Families, and Friends (Adults and children)
  • Assistance with Medical Help
  • Assistance with the Legal System
  • Outreach and Awareness
  • Support groups

CASA (Center for Awareness of Sexual Assault)

  • 24 hour crisis line: 836-HELP
  • Counseling and Advocacy
  • Training on-campus first responders

 Parenting Services

  • Parent Education Classes are offered periodically to provide resources and discussion on topics such as limit setting, natural and logical consequences, improving listening skills, building self-esteem, discipline techniques and a variety of other topics.
  • Parent Education is available to families who are experiencing difficulties in managing their children and would like some support or to explore options.
  • Home Visiting Services can be provided to families as needed.
  • Collaborative services are available to community agencies to help individuals transition home. 

Youth Services

  • Counseling and advocacy are provided to child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Group services are also available to child victims of domestic violence. Referrals are made to other area professionals as needed.
  • Protective behaviors education is offered in most school districts in the county. Our experienced teacher addresses topics such as sexual and physical abuse prevention, domestic violence, sexual harassment prevention and other topics.

Safe Exchange

  • Using a third party, this program offers a safe and nurturing place for parents to exchange their children for visitation. We provide a supportive environment with less stress for parents and children.
  • Safe Exchange is free of charge and available to any family needing or wanting service, giving priority to families where at least one parent resides in Chippewa County.

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Breaking the Silence Support Group

Breaking the Silence is a free and confidential support group open to all adults who have experienced or witnessed any form of domestic violence.  Learn how to cope and relax, understand the cycle of violence, identify red flags, empower yourself and more.  No sign-up is required, come to as many sessions as you would like.  Children over the age of five are welcome to attend a Youth Support Group at the same time.

Breaking the Silence will meet every Tuesday from May 9th-June 13th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Family Support Center.

For more information, please call Family Support Center at 715-723-1138.

Thank you to all who attended Walk A Mile-Chippewa Valley!

Thank you to all who helped make Ladies Evening Extravaganza such a huge success!

Thank you!!!

 A huge thank you to The Plus for hosting our kNOw MORE event again this year. It was an empowering event to commemorate Sexual Assault Awareness Event. The event was a huge success, thanks in great part to The Plus for providing such a perfect location. Thank you for supporting your community!

Thank you to our wonderful hosts from Clearwater Comedy: Mackenzie Bublitz, Cullen Ryan and Christina Wolff. Additional huge thank you's to the talented musicians and performers: Caitlin McGarvey, Sniffle Party, Lasa Anahata Tribal and Jerrika Mighelle and Elizabeth Steans. Thank you all for generously giving your time and talent, which added so much to this empowering event.

Thank you to all of the agencies who provided important information at the resource fair during the kNOw MORE event last night. Thank you to UW-EC Student Health Services, Hmong Mutual Assistance Association, Eau Claire City-County Health Dept., Chippewa Valley Child Advocacy Center, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Bolton Refuge House & Q2 (LGBTQ+youth group). Thank you for being an important part of the kNOw MORE event, and for your continued service and dedication.

 

Thank you to all of the businesses who donated prizes for this year's kNOw MORE event at The Plus. We appreciate your generosity.  Thank you to those of you who donated new socks and underwear for programs serving survivors. Your donation is appreciated.

 

Most importantly, thank you to all of the survivors and allies who attended the event. We hope you felt the support of your community all around you. The event was for you.

 

 

 

 

 

Exciting new S.M.I.L.E. program at River Source Family Center!

A new program for families in Chippewa County that will provide opportunities for your child (ages birth to 5 years) to shine brightly in all areas of their life!

S Social-Emotional Development

M Motor Development

I Intellectual Development

L Language Development

E Early Health & Well Being

Call River Source Family Center at 715-720-1841 for more information

or to register for the program

 

Thank you!!

Thank you to Xcel Energy for their grant to support our Economic Empowerment for Domestic Violence Survivors program!

 

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