Welcome to the October 2016 edition of Hope House's Community Education E-bulletin!
Pictured here are Hope House staff and volunteers getting ready to walk in the Tournament of Chips Parade during Cow Chip in Sauk Prairie on September 3. They were promoting the new Sauk County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Program! If you are interested in learning more about becoming a CASA volunteer, email Mary Jo at Hope House at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 608-356-9123, or visit www.saukcountycasa.org.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
There are several ways you can get involved with Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
Join Us for This Year’s First Empower Baraboo Advisory Committee Meeting!
As the 2016-2017 school year starts, Hope House is excited to continue implementing our Rape Prevention & Education grant focused on sexual violence prevention at Baraboo High School. Through this grant, we will be working to address the following four risk factors for sexual violence: hypersexualization of youth, a culture that glorifies violence, gender-based and homophobic harassment, and sexual entitlement and misconceptions around consent.
As with last year, we will be guided in this process by the Empower Baraboo Advisory Committee, a group of passionate BHS students, staff, and other community members working together to create a safer, healthier, and happier school for everyone. Our first meeting will take place on Monday, October 17th from 6:15-7:15pm at East Elementary School in the Professional Development Room. If you’re interested in joining the committee but can’t make this meeting, or if you have any other questions about the grant, please contact our new Prevention Project Coordinator Nola Pastor at 608-356-9123 or email@example.com.
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 the following; our most needed items are bolded:
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.
Wisconsin's 2015 Domestic Violence Homicide Report
2015 Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report Released: “At least 58 people lost their lives because of domestic violence in Wisconsin in 2015. This is just one of the grim statistics included in the 2015 Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report, released by End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin on Monday...In addition to 48 domestic violence homicide deaths, nine domestic abuse perpetrators committed suicide and one individual was killed by law enforcement as he held a knife to the neck of his estranged wife. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has released the homicide report annually since 2000. The 2015 numbers are some of the highest on record. The organization indicates that a preliminary count of 2016 domestic violence homicides is also significantly elevated…
Victims reflected the span of life, from 2 months old to 92 years old. The average age of victims was 37 years old. Perpetrators ranged in age from 14 to 66. The average age for perpetrators was 41 years old. In 2015, homicides were committed in 21 separate counties in Wisconsin. About 57% of the homicide incidents occurred in urban areas, and roughly 43% happened in rural communities. Consistent with the findings throughout this report’s history, firearms remain the most common means of perpetrating domestic violence homicides. In 2015, firearms were the weapons used in half of the domestic violence homicide incidents, excluding the one homicide by legal intervention"...Read the report here
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