Alternatives Incorporated

About Us

Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County, a 501(c)(3) organization founded in November 1978, is a residential facility serving women and their dependent children who are victims of family violence and/or homelessness. The agency offers a comprehensive shelter program that goes beyond a "roof over the head" and seeks to assist families in moving from systems dependency to self-sufficiency.

The program operates on a case management system supported by a range of ancillary services. Services provided by Alternatives Incorporated are enhanced through collaboration and networking with a broad spectrum of community organizations.

Mission Statement

Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County strives to eradicate family violence in all its facets through education, prevention, and intervention in Central Indiana.

Philosophy Statement

Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County exists to promote the right of all persons to live in a loving, caring, safe, and secure environment.

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2014 Report



Alternatives Incorporated, embraced as a Cooperating Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis at the 2004 Convention, is a 501(c)(3) organization operating with the following mission:

“Alternatives Incorporated strives to eradicate family violence in all its facets through education, prevention and intervention in Central Indiana.”  

Alternatives is one of 29 domestic violence shelters in the State of Indiana.  The agency is physically located in Anderson on the campus of Community Hospital.   Alternatives is assigned by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence to provide emergency shelter for domestic violence victims from the counties of Hamilton, Hancock, Henry, Madison, Tipton and as an “over-flow” for Marion County when their shelters are at capacity.  We also shelter victims and their children from other counties and states when they have been forced to relocate for safety.

Our services include:

  • emergency crisis shelter and transitional housing for adults and children who are victims of domestic violence
  • 24-hour crisis line
  • emergency response team for domestic violence and sexual assault
  • an employment training center for domestic violence survivors
  • outreach offices in Greenfield, Elwood, Fishers and Tipton
  • an in-shelter preschool for children ages 2 - 4
  • an after school and summer program for elementary aged children
  • a teen dating violence prevention program provided in classrooms for middle and high school students

During the last year, Alternatives:

  • Provided 394 adults and children with emergency shelter
  • Provided 25 women and children with transitional housing
  • Responded to 3,207 crisis/information calls
  • Provided 300 male and female victims with non-residential support/advocacy services
  • Provided dating violence prevention classes for 1,377 youth
  • Trained 343 law enforcement officers on the dynamics of domestic violence
  • Trained 262 professionals (social workers, faith leaders, etc.) on the dynamics of domestic violence
  • Welcomed 1,194 volunteers to the agency for one-time projects and/or on-going commitments of service (4,887 hours of service)
P. O. Box 1302, Anderson IN 46015
24 Hour Crisis Line: 765.643.0200
24 Hour Toll Free: 866.593.9999 
Administrative: 765.643.0218
Email: mjlee(at) 

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