The Bolton Refuge House Story

Watch this video of our history below to hear, through firsthand stories, how our services evolved to fit the needs of our community. Or, scroll further down to view a slideshow summary of our history
Day of Unity, Phase 2 video: This video was created in 2021 as the second part of a project to preserve the history of Bolton Refuge House.
Girl by the Sea

Women's Community Center

In 1976, a group of concerned community women developed the idea of a Women’s Community Center. Before the center even opened, they received a call from the local police department, asking them to provide shelter for a woman and her children who were fleeing a domestic violence situation. In response to that call, The Women’s Community Center was opened as Wisconsin's first Domestic Abuse Shelter.