The #1Thing that will end domestic violence is our collective power.
We're one month closer to Domestic Violence Awareness Month! The national theme this year is #1Thing. What's your #1Thing that will help prevent domestic violence? Hope House will be organizing several projects and displays in October. Look for our luminary display in our front yard, a donation drive on #PurpleThursday on October 18, community displays at libraries, campuses, courthouses, and community centers, and more. We'll have more information on our Events page as we finalize details. If you'd like a domestic violence prevention poster or presentation this October, please call us at 608-356-9123 or email us here.
Are you a health care provider? October 10 is National Health Care About Domestic Violence Day. Learn more about how your hospital or clinic can get involved by visiting: www.futureswithoutviolence.org/health/hcadvday.
Congrats to Sauk Co. ADA Rick Spoentgen for being appointed by Attorney General Brad Schimel as one of the 16 new members for the Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Response Team! The SART evaluates the state’s response to sexual assault at the local, county, and state level, and makes recommendations and reforms to improve the system response to sexual assault. Learn more 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 used 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:
- Food: Granola Bars, Instant Oatmeal, Juice, Cereal, Produce, Milk, Eggs
- Cleaning Supplies: Floor Cleaner, 13-Gallon Garbage Bags
- Program Supplies: Pencil Sharpeners, Plastic Safety Scissors (Blunt Tip)
- Clothing: New Women's Underwear (Size 5-7), New Boy's Underwear (Size 4-10)
- Kitchen/Bathroom: 10-Gallon Totes, Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Silverware (Forks), Diapers (Size 5 and 6), Kitchen Towels, Deodorant (Men), Full-Size Hair Conditioner
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 Hivebiz65@gmail.com.
- Police department uses 'lip sync challenge' video to warn millions about domestic violence: “The content has shocked some on social media: A man chokes a woman; a child huddles alone in her bedroom; officers break down a door and come to the rescue. In response to anyone who's surprised at the violence, Craig has a simple message: ‘You know, guys, that's ... real. That's what we deal with. That's what the victims deal with, every day.’ Posting the video was an act of courage for the department”…Read more
- CDC: Half Of All Female Homicide Victims Are Killed By Intimate Partners: “But the new report drew on coroner's reports and death certificates, as well as crime data. It gives an even higher percentage — and provides a much more granular look at women's deaths. The CDC examined more than 10,000 homicides between 2003 and 2014. In female homicides in which the circumstances are known, the killer was a current or former intimate partner about half of the time, the report found...More than 98 percent of those homicidal partners were men”…Read more
- New Zealand Will Provide Paid Leave To Domestic Violence Survivors: “New Zealand has passed a law that provides paid leave to survivors of domestic violence, making it one of the first countries to do so. Employers must grant 10 days of paid leave to survivors of domestic violence to give them time to cope and potentially escape the abusive situation. This is similar to, but separate from, leave for illness or bereavement”…Read more
- Attachment Vitamins: Interactive Course on Early Childhood Attachment, Stress, and Trauma: "The Attachment Vitamins online course is an interactive, self-paced e-learning course for those adults working or living with children aged zero to five…During the course's nine modules, participants will learn about early childhood social-emotional development; the impact of stress and trauma; the possible meanings of children’s behaviors; the influence of culture on families' socialization goals; and a number of strategies to promote secure attachment and safe socialization practices"...Learn more