Welcome to the June 2016 edition of Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin!
Hope House is pleased to share that during the 2015-2016 school year, our staff gave 305 presentations to elementary, middle, and high school students on topics such as protective behaviors, internet safety, bullying and sexual harassment, healthy relationships, dating violence, sexual assault, bystander intervention, media literacy, and gender roles and violence. Thanks to all the school staff that invited us into their classrooms this year to help bring awareness and prevention to our young people throughout our five-county service area!
We hope you have a wonderful summer!
The first domestic violence homicide of 2016 in America happened in Wisconsin. As of May 24 this year, the death toll of domestic violence in Wisconsin alone rests at 20 victims and 5 abusers, for a total of 25 lives lost. That is a life lost every 5.8 days. A quarter of victims were age 18 or under. If the trend continues, that will be at least 63 lives lost in our state this year due to domestic violence. As some of you know since October 2013, Hope House has joined with other domestic violence programs around the state by implementing the Lantern Project. For our part in this statewide project, we added a purple wreath to the lamppost in front of Hope House. We turn on the light for a week every time there is a death related to domestic violence in Wisconsin. We post information online about the person(s) that was killed. If you drive by our building and see our lamppost on, please reflect on the deadly impact that domestic violence has on our communities.
Hope House Donation Needs
Monetary donations are most needed. Individuals have the option of donating online. Please note that a portion of your online donation will go towards PayPal fees. Donations can be mailed to Hope House, P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913. We also appreciate gas cards, gift cards (Walmart, Kwik Trip, Walgreens, Kohl’s), taxi vouchers from Baraboo Taxi, and used cell phones, iPods and iPads. Please note that we are not accepting stuffed animals/plush toys, used toys, clothes (except for new sweatshirts and sweatpants), shoes, used books, furniture, TVs, bar soap, hats, scarves or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Current needs include
Special Note about Travel-Size Items: We encourage those looking to donate travel-size items to donate them to the Backpack Project. The Backpack Project strives to provide Baraboo School District students who are financially challenged to enter the school doors on the first day ‘just like everyone else’ and to show these children the community supports and encourages them to learn and do their best. If interested in donating towards this project, please contact Becky Hovde at 608-963-8230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children and Youth
Parents' and Youth Service Providers' Section
Webinar: Guiding Principles for Working with Older Victims of Abuse: In commemoration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (observed annually on June 15), the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence is hosting a webinar on June 10 from 2-3:30pm to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect experienced by older persons and the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect. This webinar will highlight National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life’s guiding principles to help victim service providers better serve older adults victims of abuse. To learn more and to register, click here.