Every October we recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Hope House staff and volunteers are organizing and participating in several different events and activities this month throughout our five-county service area, which you will find listed below. We also want to share resources and what others are doing regionally and nationally. For more information, including how you get raise awareness this month and beyond, or if you are seeking additional resources and materials, please call Hope House at 608-356-9123 or send us an email.
New Hope House Video
This October we are excited to unveil our video of survivors we've worked with speaking out. We hope you will watch this 5-minute video and share it with others.
- Oct. 2 DVAM Football Game at Adams-Friendship High School: Hope House staff will be passing out DVAM informational cards with purple awareness ribbons, staffing a DVAM booth with awareness materials like NO MORE magnets, putting up yard signs with awareness messages, and asking people to take a photo with a sign they fill out that says "I Say NO MORE Because..."
- Oct. 6 Ho-Chunk DVAM Walk: Hope House will be participating in Ho-Chunk Nation Domestic Abuse Division's "Love Shouldn't Hurt" community awareness walk on October 6 at the House of Wellness in Baraboo. Everyone is welcome to walk at any time between 10 am and 2 pm, learn information, and have a chance to win prizes. Click here to view the flyer.
- Oct. 6 Juneau County Women's Night Out: Hope House will be staffing a DVAM booth at Women's Night Out at Mauston High Scohol.
- Oct. 9 DVAM Football Game at Westfield High School: Hope House staff will once again be raising awareness at Westfield High School for their game versus Wisconsin Dells. Staff will be collecting donations, passing out DVAM informational cards with purple awareness ribbons, staffing a DVAM booth with awareness materials like NO MORE magnets, putting up yard signs with awareness messages, and asking people to take a photo with a sign they fill out that says "I Say NO MORE Because..."
- Oct. 16 DVAM Football Game at Portage High School vs. Reedsburg High School: Hope House staff will be collecting donations, passing out DVAM informational cards with purple awareness ribbons, staffing a DVAM booth with awareness materials like NO MORE magnets, putting up yard signs with awareness messages, and asking people to take a photo with a sign they fill out that says "I Say NO MORE Because..."
- Oct. 16 DVAM Football Game at Wisconsin Dells High School: A Hope House volunteer will once again be handing out DVAM informational cards with purple awareness ribbons and collecting donations.
- Oct. 22 #GoPurple: The National Network to End Domestic Violence is promoting #GoPurple on Oct. 22 as a part of their National Week of Action. They are inviting people to wear purple, take a photo, and upload it to social media using the hashtag #GoPurple. Other days they are promoting for this week are Talk to a Friend, Donate/Volunteer, and Call on Congress.
- Oct. 24 Interfaith Teen Summit in Madison: Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) in Madison is hosting an Interfaith Teen Summit: Healthy Relationships in a Complicated World for students in grades 7-12 on Oct. 24 from 9 am - 2 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave., Madison. For more information, contact email@example.com.
- Oct. 26 Sharing Supper: Hope House staff will be staffing a DVAM booth at the Sharing Supper at Rusch Elementary School in Portage.
- Oct. 28 Sharing Supper: Hope House staff will be staffing a DVAM booth at the Sharing Supper at Endeavor Elementary School.
- Oct. 29 Luncheon on Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: The Faith Leaders for Healthy Relationships committee, which Hope House is a part of, is organizing a luncheon on children exposed to domestic violence. Jane Straub, the Victim Assistance Specialist at Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center in Minnesota will be presenting. Ms. Straub has been working in violence prevention and intervention field for over 15 years. More information to follow.
- Oct. 29 Sharing Supper: Hope House staff will be staffing a DVAM booth at the Sharing Supper at Mauston High School.
- Fantastic Sams in Baraboo is donating $3 from every haircut in October to Hope House for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Located at 912 Us Highway 12 in Baraboo. Thank you for your support!
- Culver's in Lake Delton has a donation jar for Hope House at their cash register and DVAM informational cards with purple awareness ribbons. Thank you for your support!
- Health Source Chiropractic at 701 Ash Street in Baraboo is offering a free consultation, posture analysis and spinal exam (valued at $127) with a $20 donation to Hope House from now until Nov. 7. Call 608-355-7999 to schedule an appointment.
- DVAM and NO MORE displays are up at the courthouses in Portage, Mauston, and Montello and at the West Square Building in Baraboo, and the Adams County Community Center.
- 99.7 WRPQ in Baraboo is running DVAM radio PSAs recorded by Hope House and members of the Sauk County Coordinated Community Response Team.
- Local law enforcement agencies and sheriff's departments are putting NO MORE: Together We Can End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault car magnets on their squad cars.
- A NO MORE video PSA created by the Adams County Coordinated Community Response Team, which Hope House is a part of, will be shown before films at the Adams Community Theatre.
- WI Domestic Violence Homicide Report: End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin just released their annual homicide report. In 2014, at least 43 people in Wisconsin died as a result of domestic violence - this number includes victim homicides and perpetrator suicides. To view the report, please click here.
- The governor's proclamation of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month
- More resources available here.
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
- Bathrooms: Toilet bowl cleaner, Toilet paper, Deodorant, Disposable razors, Small garbage cans with bags, Nail clippers, Cleaning supplies such as Lysol disinfecting spray and floor cleaner, Clorox wipes, Hairspray, Bleach, Bathroom rugs and bath mats
- Kitchen: Paper towels, Ziploc bags, Tupperware, Small mason jars, Dishwasher soap, 13-Gallon garbage bags, Silverware, Brush for cleaning bottles, Fruit juice, Sip cups, Milk, Saran wrap, Aluminum foil
- Laundry: Power laundry detergent, Dryer sheets, Fabric softener sheets
- Clothing for Women and Kids: Winter boots, Socks, Women’s underwear, Medium-Large size pajamas, New sweatshirts and sweatpants
- Misc: New white full/twin bed sheets, Double stroller, Pack 'n Play, Baby wipes, Band-Aids, Diapers and pull-ups, Pocket-sized calendars, Strollers, Baby bottles, Umbrellas, Hangers, Weather radio, Journals, Exercise balls, Yoga/exercise DVDs, Relaxation CDs, Baby thermometer, CD players, Regular light bulbs
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.
News & Research
- Thomas Talbot, 30, of Columbus, charged with stalking and intimidation of a woman…Read more
- Monica Turley, 34, of Portage, charged with repeated child neglect…Read more
- Ty Kearney, 22, Rio, will serve three years of probation after pleading no contest to two felony second degree sexual assault of a child and exposing private parts to a child…Read more
- Juan Hernandez, 37, Fitchburg, is being held in Columbia County Jail on a felony charge of attempted second-degree sexual assault of a hearing-impaired Poynette woman…Read more
- Travis Coonce, 35, of Mauston, faces two counts of sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy…Read more
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- Faith Leaders for Healthy Relationships Luncheon Series: The Faith Leaders for Healthy Relationships committee, in partnership with Hope House, is once again organizing educational luncheons for faith communities. Topics in this year's series include domestic violence and children, non-violent discipline of children, building resiliency, and self-care. The first luncheon will be October 29 on children exposed to domestic violence. More information to follow.
- Faith Trust Institute Webinars: Faith Trust Institute is hosting free webinars on topics such as what to do when a registered sex offender comes to your congregation and power and control in intimate partner relationships. To view the list of webinars, click here.