Expanding into the 80s
WISE was known as a safe place where women can go and hang out with each other. The mission was to help women with whatever questions or needs they had. It was a support system for women so that that they could eventually meet their own needs.
Similarly, WISE responded to community needs. By the end of the 1970s, WISE was a part of a community coalition to organize a local rape crisis center program. Together with Headrest, Planned Parenthood, and the V.A. Hospital, WISE established Citizen's Against Rape (CAR) to better support survivors.
WISE moved from its Hanover location to 58 Hanover Street in Lebanon and established the beginnings of the Family Violence and Rape Crisis programs. These two programs were initially a component of Headrest. In 1980, Headrest received funding to provide services to women and children survivors of domestic and sexual violence, but quickly determined that WISE was better equipped to support them. The program and grant moved to WISE. By 1981, WISE joined the New Hampshire Coalition and the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and started the 24-hour crisis line.
By the end of the decade, WISE received over a thousand phone calls related to domestic violence and sexual assault.