October 12 Health Cares About Domestic Violence Day: Sponsored by Futures Without Violence, the awareness-raising day aims to reach members of the healthcare and advocacy communities and educate them about the critical importance of universal education on healthy relationships and offering a warm referral to domestic violence advocates.
October 17 in Portage and October 20 in Reedsburg: Hope House advocates will be staffing a DVAM booth at the Portage (Oct 17) and Reedsburg (Oct 20) campuses of Madison College from 11am-1pm. Stop by to learn more about Hope House services and domestic violence prevention.
The Adams County CCR put up purple lights in the lampposts at the courthouse, corrugated plastic signs were created and placed at various county, school and neighborhood locations, and the DA's Office had a DVAM bulletin board display. Trinity Lutheran in Arkdale also wore purple to church on October 9.
The Sauk, Juneau, and Adams County CCRs recorded DVAM PSAs to play on local radio stations in October.
Wisconsin's 2015 Domestic Violence Homicide Report: End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has released the homicide report annually since 2000. The 2015 numbers are some of the highest on record with at least 58 people that lost their lives because of domestic violence.
Faith Trust Institute: Check out their resources for faith communities, including an informational bulletin, sample sermons, free recorded webinars, a handout on what faith communities can do to respond to domestic violence, and a sermon guide.
Every October we recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Hope House staff and volunteers organized and participated in several different events and activities throughout our five-county service area, which you will find listed below.
Listed below are also resources and what others did regionally and nationally. For more information, including how you can raise awareness in October and beyond, if you are seeking additional resources and materials, or if you would like to request a presentation, please call Hope House at 608-356-9123 or send us an email.
New Hope House Video This October we unveiled 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 and to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 on our Events page.
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.
Click here to download Hope House's DVAM church bulletin insert.
Click here to view Five Ways Your Faith Community Can Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence from We Will Speak Out.
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. View End Abuse's Executive Director's article in The Cap Times about the report: Patti Seger: Violence in Our Own Homes: A Death Every 8 Days
For several DVAM events and activities this year, Hope House is utilizing the NO MORE theme, whose PSAs you may have seen during NFL games. To learn more about the NO MORE campaign and to view their resources, click here.
31 of the Most Power Domestic Violence Moments in the Last Year: “This October, for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month let’s look back at the many newsworthy and heart-wrenching domestic violence moments from this past year that informed, enraged, and inspired us all to bring greater awareness to this issue”…Read more
Private Violence Presents: Why We Stayed: “Fear. Shame. Guilt. Isolation. Children. Family. Love. Faith. Lack of resources. Lack of finances. Lack of support. Just some of the complex reasons women who have experienced domestic violence identify for why they stayed in abusive relationships. The question 'why doesn’t she just leave' dominates and derails the way we talk about and approach domestic violence. Writer and survivor Beverly Gooden confronted this question head on and ignited a movement with her #WhyIStayed hashtag. Find out more about her story and hear from other survivors in our new short #WhyWeStayed”…Watch the 7-minute clip here
7 Ways to End Domestic Violence for #DVAM2015: “We’re nearing the end of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get involved! Domestic violence is an issue that affects communities everywhere all year round. There are always opportunities to raise awareness and support survivors. In honor of all survivors, here are 7 ways YOU can #SeeDV and #TakeAStand against domestic violence”…Read more
Click on the image above to see the full infographic with statistics on domestic violence from the University of New England.
Raising Awareness in Area High Schools, 2014
This October, Hope House partnered with a few area high schools to offer domestic violence awareness:
On October 3, the Westfield High School football players wore purple laces during their homecoming game. One of Hope House's advocates gave a speech at half-time and sold purple awareness ribbon cookies that the Family and Consumer Education classes had baked. She also passed out domestic violence awareness cards with purple ribbons.
On October 3, the Reedsburg High School football players wore purple laces during their homecoming game. The Women's Studies class also organized the dress-up theme for the game to be purple and inserted Hope House's Domestic Violence Awareness Month flyer into the program.
On October 3, during the Wisconsin Dells High School homecoming game, volunteers passed out domestic violence awareness cards with purple ribbons and collected donations for Hope House.
During the month of October, Adams-Friendship Area High School's National Honor Society is selling chain links for $1 to display in the hallway with messages of awareness and support for survivors. If they raise $1,000, the principal has agreed to color her hair purple and one of the math teachers agreed to shave his head! Proceeds will go to Hope House.
Hope House has created a Domestic Violence Awareness Month YouTube playlistfor area high schools. Some of the videos are also appropriate for adult community groups and businesses. If you'd like to see more free videos online on domestic violence awareness, please contact Hope House at 608-356-9123.
Resources for DVAM 2014
Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day is a nationally-recognized day that takes place on the second Wednesday of October. This year it will take place on October 8, 2014. Sponsored by Futures Without Violence, the awareness-raising day aims to reach members of the healthcare community and educate them about the critical importance of screening for domestic violence. Please click on the link above or on the image to see their action kit and other resources. Do you work for a hospital, clinic, or public health department in Hope House's service area? We can provide free presentations and training seminars on our services and on screening for domestic violence and reproductive coercion. Please call us at 608-356-9123 for more information.
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has released their homicide report. In 2013, 55 people were killed in Wisconsin as a result of domestic violence. “Domestic violence thrives when it is hidden,” said Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “Through the Ray Rice video, the public has seen one example of a much larger problem. We hope this Report helps Wisconsin better understand the extent of this epidemic—and the life and death consequences of domestic violence. On average, about one person a week loses her or his life to domestic violence in Wisconsin. These preventable tragedies occur with regularity in every corner of our state.” Read the report here.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline invites you to join them this October in raising awareness of abuse, one story, one statement, one survivor at a time with their #SeeDV campaign. "To create change, we have to talk openly and acknowledge how domestic violence affects our communities, our families and our lives. We can’t just turn away. We have to See DV. Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity to shed more light on an issue that has claimed too many lives, and we’re inviting everyone get involved. Tell us about a time when you saw DV firsthand. Tell us about the effects of DV in your life, your family, your community. Tell us why it’s important to you to speak up now."
The Respect Challenge: "Who would you like to thank for teaching you Respect? 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." Entry period ends November 14.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has resources to help educate parents and families, educators, professionals, and policy makers about domestic violence, especially as it relates to the impact on children. Check out their children and domestic violence fact sheet series.