The DAO looks - informs proactively - develops support services.
The DAO is the professional association of women's shelters in Switzerland and Liechtenstein and provides 35 years of expertise in the field of violence against women and their children, so-called "domestic violence".
The umbrella organisation of women's shelters in Switzerland (DAO) was founded in 1987 as a place of exchange and mutual support and is legally organised as an association. The DAO contributes to raising awareness of the issue of violence in partnerships and families, or "domestic violence" among the general public, politicians and professionals, and communicates the interests of women's shelters to the outside world. The delegates of the women's shelters meet at least twice a year for national coordination meetings. These serve internal further training, the exchange of experiences and nationwide actions and campaigns.
The common features are:
- They point out the social causes of violence against women.
- They work to improve the situation of women and children affected by violence.
- They provide targeted help (counselling, protection and shelter) for women and their children who are affected by psychological and/or sexual violence, regardless of nationality, religion, residence status and age.
- They work in a partisan manner with a feminist attitude.