Thanks to everyone who got involved with our Purple Purse Challenge! We raised $41,491 and won an additional $1,150 in bonus challenges from The Allstate Foundation. To learn more, please click here to read our Executive Director's letter to the editor.
Want to know about what we did to raise awareness? Want to see resources on domestic violence that you can use in October and beyond? Please check out our DVAM page here.
There are still a few days left! HealthSource Chiropractic at 701 Ash Street in Baraboo is running a promotion through Nov. 7 where a $20 donation to Hope House gets you a free consultation, posture analysis and spinal exam (value of $127). Give them a call at 608-355-7999.
There's still time left to participate! Futures Without Violence and Macy’s, the Founding National Partner of the RESPECT! Campaign, created the RESPECT! Challenge to celebrate the everyday heroes in our lives by sharing inspiring stories from individuals across the country. By promoting individuals who encourage positive solutions to violence, we help raise awareness and spark a discussion about the importance of role models. Participants can submit short essays or videos to the Facebook application, microsite (no Facebook account required) or by using #RespectChallenge2014 on Instagram, Twitter, or Vine. Entries are due by November 14, 2014.
Hope House offers a variety of support/educational groups and health/wellness classes at different times and places throughout the year. Listed below are some classes we currently have scheduled. If you'd like to attend or if you have questions, please call Hope House at 608-356-7500 or 1-800-584-6790. Please feel free to pass this information to anyone who may find it helpful.
- Nov. 6 at 10am at Hope House - Topic: Domestic Violence
- Nov. 13 from 4-5pm at the Necedah Public Library - Activity: Zumba
- Nov. 14 from 4-5pm at the Hatch Public Library in Mauston - Activity: Zumba
- Nov. 25 from 4-5pm at the New Lisbon Library - Activity: Collage
- Dec. 4 at 10am at Hope House - Topic: Mental Health
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, clothes (except for sweatshirts and sweatpants), shoes, TVs, bar soap, hats, scarves or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, or body wash. Current needs include
- Bathrooms: Toilet paper, Deodorant, Small garbage cans, Nail clippers, Toilet bowl cleaner, Cleaning supplies such as Lysol disinfecting spray and floor cleaner, Clorox wipes, Hairspray, Bleach, Bathroom rugs and bath mats
- Kitchen: Dishwasher soap, 13-Gallon garbage bags, Paper towels, Silverware, Pots and pans, Brush for cleaning bottles, Fruit juice, Sip cups, Milk, Saran wrap, Aluminum foil
- Laundry: Laundry detergent, Dryer sheets, Liquid fabric softener
- Clothing for Women and Kids: Winter boots, Adult-size gloves/mittens, Socks, Women’s underwear, Medium-Large size pajamas, Sweatshirts and sweatpants
- Misc: 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, New twin bed sheets
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.
and the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism
News & Research
Kids & Teens
- Suicide Prevention Luncheon: The next Faith Leaders for Healthy Relationships luncheon is on suicide prevention from 11:30am-1pm on Nov. 12 at the Clarion in Baraboo and repeated on Nov. 19 at the House of Embers restaurant in Wisconsin Dells. People trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. The cost is $15. For more information and to register, click here.
- Rev. Phil Haslanger: Clergy Want to Stop Domestic Abuse: "As faith leaders in the Madison area, we are concerned about the messages our traditions have sent in the past (and in some cases, still do). We want our congregations to be safe places for people experiencing abuse, and we want to help move the wider community to collective action to protect people facing domestic violence...We have developed a web site — www.faithagainstdomesticviolence.org — with resources particularly designed for people in varied faith communities. We welcome others to join us in this effort to keep the virtues of respect, compassion, courage and hope in the forefront"...Read more
- GLSEN's 2013 National School Climate Survey Just Released: "The 2013 National School Climate Survey is GLSEN's 8th biennial report on the school experiences of LGBT youth in schools, including the in-school resources that support LGBT students’ well-being, the extent of the challenges that they face at school, and insights into many other aspects of LGBT students’ experiences."
- Why I Never Tell My Sons to 'Be a Man': "It's not that the phrase is abusive, it's that the phrase is limiting -- and frankly, confusing for a small child. Be a man? What does that even mean? I'm 35 and sometimes I'm not even sure what it means. What is implied when the phrase is used, however, is to 'toughen up.' Not only is this completely befuddling to a child who hasn't the slightest idea what being a man means, but it indirectly suggests a woman can't be tough...So, I never tell my son to 'be a man.' Instead, I urge him to 'be strong,' or 'be brave.' Strength and bravery are gender neutral"...Read more
- Changing Harmful Social Norms to Combat Gender-Based Violence: "Investigators discovered inequitable gender norms are not only related to domestic violence, but also to other behaviors such as multiple sexual partners, smoking, and alcohol abuse which lead to poor health outcomes…Lundregen believe the best way to address this behavior is to encourage parents, other family members, teachers, religious leaders, and peers to talk about and reflect on these norms. Most importantly, peers and role models are asked to discuss and explain alternative ways of demonstrating masculinity and femininity — practices that can lead to strong, healthy relationships"…Read more
- Abuse of Power: "A cherished belief runs deep in our psyches: A belief in the compassion of teachers whose heroic efforts transform the lives of students. There is truth in the narratives that support this view, but there is also a darker side to this mythos. In a small minority of teachers, an ugly undercurrent of mean-spirited and disdainful conduct toward students also exists. This conduct constitutes a corruption of the role of educator and does enormous damage to students, colleagues and the public’s faith in schools"...Read more
- Girl Responds To Getting Bullied: "Caitlin Prater-Haacke is a high school student in Alberta, Canada, who was recently the victim of a bullying incident. Someone broke into her locker in late September of this year and wrote a Facebook status using her iPad that encouraged her to die. It's hard to imagine that those words were an easy pill to swallow, but Caitlin responded with nothing but grace and maturity"...Watch the video
- 3 Reasons Why Social Media Age Restrictions Matter: "In short, as a society we have largely given up, giving age restrictions a collective shrug and 'so what?' But, guess what? Age does matter, and here's why"...Read more
- Resources to Fight Bullying and Harassment at School: Discover websites, organizations, articles, planning guides, lesson plans, and other resources dedicated to preventing bullying and harassment compiled by edutopia...Read more
- Teens Against Bullying and Kids Against Bullying Websites Go Mobile: "Now they can visit mobile-friendly versions of PACER’s two popular websites for kids: PACERKidsAgainstBullying.org and PACERTeensAgainstBullying.org...They feature updated information and improved resources, and there is more emphasis on student interaction and engagement."
- Helping Youth after a Community Trauma: Tips for Educators: "The tipsheet lists common reactions educators might see in the students with whom they work and suggestions on how they may help."
- Trauma-Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources: "This tool—comprised of issue briefs, video interviews, and resource lists—offers guidance and resources to help child-serving systems and provider organizations become more trauma informed."
- Video: Galvanized Souls - Carry On: "The music video for 'Carry On' features the story of Colin, a young boy who struggled with bullying in school and felt he had no friends. In February, Colin’s mother created a Facebook page to help celebrate Colin’s 11th birthday. After receiving more than two million Facebook friends, support from around the world, and a surprise birthday party from Good Morning America, Colin and his family felt the need to give back by telling their story through music"...Read more and watch video
- What Families Should Know About Bystander Intervention: "For teens, that could mean making sure that the drunken student at the party gets home safely. But intervening is about more than just reacting in the moment to a potentially violent situation. Experts say it’s about challenging and changing the cultural norms that make sexual violence acceptable"...Read more
- Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying: "Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it"...Read more
- Introducing: Darkness to Light’s Survivor Stories of Hope and Resilience: "Darkness to Light is proud to unveil, Survivor Stories of Hope and Resilience. Survivor Stories features all 8 survivors from Stewards of Children, sharing their personal experiences"...Read more and watch the videos here
- Webpage: National PREA Resource Center Curricula: Providers from the National Prison Rape Elimination Act Resource Center have adapted regional training materials to be accessed for agency- and facility-level trainings.
- Campus Sexual Assault Nonprofit, Culture of Respect, Officially Launches with the Introduction of CultureofRespect.org: "National campus sexual assault nonprofit, Culture of Respect, launches today with the introduction of CultureofRespect.org, a comprehensive online portal delivering the most current and synthesized thinking and leading practices from research-based academic sources, professional associations, advocacy groups and governmental reports on the topic of campus sexual assault prevention and response"...Read more
- SAMHSA is pleased to announce the release of "SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach" which lays out SAMSHA's framework for trauma and how an organization, system, service sector can become trauma-informed.