In 1980, the state of Wisconsin gave the WestCAP Agency in Glenwood City funds to assist victims of domestic violence in eight Wisconsin counties. In 1982, West Central Domestic Abuse broke away from WestCAP and became an entity of its own, receiving non-profit funding from the federal and state government. West Central’s first office was located in the back of a local implement dealer in Menomonie. West Central provided services to 37 women the first year of operation.
In 1986, West Central added the Children’s Program and began providing services to children who had experienced and/or witnessed physical, sexual, emotional or domestic abuse. The Crime Victim Witness Program was also added to the services provided by West Central. In 1990, West Central joined with the Dunn County District Attorney’s Office to provide services to all victims of crime.
The Board of Directors of West Central Domestic Abuse Agency changed the organization’s name to The Bridge to Hope, Inc., effective January 1, 1996. Services are now provided in two counties.