As part of Domestic Violence Awareness month 77 restaurants from throughout Dane County -- including six in Sun Prairie -- will donate 10 percent of their sales to help victims of domestic violence on Thursday, Oct.16.
Sun Prairie restaurants taking part include Atlantis Taverna, Buck & Honey’s, Eddie’s Ale House & Eatery, Sun Prairie Pizza Ranch, The Nitty Gritty, and Watertower Chop House.
All proceeds are given to Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) which operates the only emergency domestic abuse shelter serving all of Dane County.
For the past 35 years, DAIS has served victims of domestic abuse and their families by providing crisis intervention, education and prevention programs to the one in four women and their children who are victims of intimate partner violence.
"Dine Out for DAIS raises awareness about the silent problem of domestic violence in our community, as well as funds to help support DAIS in its efforts to keep victims and their families safe", said Susan Mohoney, a DAIS Board of Trustees member and event organizer.
“The recent opening of our new shelter more than doubles our capacity to house woman and children fleeing abuse so the funds raised by the event are critical,” she noted.
Domestic violence is a crime that thrives in secrecy yet carries a broad impact. One in four women and one in ten men will be a victim of domestic violence at some point in his/her lifetime. Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women, impacts heath care costs to the tune of $4.1 billion, and is responsible for one-third of all referrals to the Dane County District Attorney’s office.
Domestic violence also adversely affects the workplace, with victims losing 8 million days of paid work per year.
Dine Out for DAIS, now in its 5th year, provides the public with the opportunity to have a meal, or two, at a favorite restaurant and support a local cause.
Diners are not only raising funds for DAIS, they are also raising awareness and supporting local businesses that care about the issue.
For a complete list of participating restaurants please visit abuseintervention.org.
DAIS’ mission is to empower those affected by domestic violence and advocate for social change through support, education and outreach. DAIS operates the county’s only domestic violence shelter, a 24-hour crisis line, legal advocacy, emergency safety planning, support groups, children’s programming and primary prevention and education programs.