February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month (TDVAPM)

LoveIsRespect.org, the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, has announced their national theme of "Huddle Up for Healthy Relationships" for this February's Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month. They are hosting the national school announcement on Feb 11, Wear Orange Day on Feb 12, and more! Check out their toolkit and materials for ideas on raising awareness at www.loveisrespect.org/teendvmonth/materials. Want more ideas? Check out Break the Cycle's TDVAPM materials at www.breakthecycle.org/teenDVmonth. Please contact Hope House at hhshelter@hopehousescw.org if interested in teen dating violence awareness posters, bookmarks, presentations, announcements, or articles.


Feb 15: Fish Fry Fundraiser in Baraboo

On Friday, February 15 from 5-7pm, Men of Emanuel United will be hosting a Friday night Fish Fry at Emanuel United Methodist Church, 101 14th Street in Baraboo, with a portion of the proceeds going to Hope House. Dinner includes baked and fried cod, side salads, cole slaw, beans, potato salad, with beverage and dessert for $10.00. Children ages 3 and under: Free. Children ages 4 & up: $1.00 per year up to $10.00 max. Food prepared and provided by Elite Catering of Baraboo. Hope to see you there!


Feb 9: Meat Raffle Fundraiser in Portage

Portage Area United Way is holding their 1st annual Meat Raffle at Jack's Tap, 1207 Dunn St in Portage on Saturday, Feb 9 from 3 pm to 5 pm. This is a fundraiser to help fund the 2019 campaign, of which Hope House is a recipient. Hope to see you there!


February Wish List

Most-needed items needed include: 

  • Food: Fruits and vegetables, Canned tuna, Pasta sauce, Boxed mac & cheese
  • New Clothing: Women's underwear (size 5 & 11)
  • Children-Related: Size 7 diapers, Baby wipes, Kids' shampoo
  • Cleaning Supplies: Dishwasher detergent, Toilet bowl cleaner, Hand sanitizer, All-purpose cleaner
  • Miscellaneous: Shower caddies, Pillows
  • Program Supplies: Duffle bags, Backpacks, Plastic folders with pockets, Sheet protectors

Hope House also accepts used cell phones, smartphones, iPods, and iPads as we send them to a recycling center to later be used as 911 cell phones and receive a cash donation.

Donations can be dropped off at 720 Ash Street in Baraboo. Questions? Please call us at 608-356-9123. Thank you!

Please note that at this time we are not accepting stuffed animals/plush toys, used toys, used books, clothes (except for new sweat pants and sweat shirts, socks, and underwear), shoes, TVs, bar soap, furniture, or travel-size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, or lotion. 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. Becky Hovde is the contact, and she can be reached at 608-963-8230 or Hivebiz65@gmail.com.


News: Sexual Assault


News: Domestic Violence

  • The startling toll on children who witness domestic violence is just now being understood: "Brain imaging in infants shows that exposure to domestic violence – even as they are sleeping, or in utero – can reduce parts of the brain, change its overall structure and affect the way its circuits work together. Studies show that when babies born to mothers who were subjected to violence during pregnancy become adults, they have three times as much inflammation in their bodies as those whose mothers weren't. Inflammation causes a much higher risk of poor health, and a far greater likelihood of depression. And research also shows that these children are as likely to have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as soldiers returning from war"…Read more


News: Miscellaneous

  • Gillette's inspiring new toxic masculinity ad asks: "Is this the best a man can get?": "Men are encouraged to self-police amongst themselves as images play out of men intervening to discourage other men from engaging in acts of harassment or blatant sexism: 'To say the right thing, to act the right way. Some already are, in ways big and small. But some is not enough because the boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow'"…Read more

  • Across Wisconsin, Tattoos Are Used To Brand Victims Of Sex Trafficking: "'We see a lot of tattoos around loyalty or the name of the trafficker,' said Young. 'Sometimes it's something as blatant as barcodes or money signs saying that person is for sale.' Young talked about branding at a recent event in Stevens Point called Tattoos for Triumph. Ally Burke first held the event last year to raise money for survivors by offering discounted tattoos while also teaching tattoo artists and other community members how to recognize the signs of sex trafficking"…Read more

  • Wisconsin, Minnesota Agencies Emphasize Training To Combat Sex Trafficking: "The Wisconsin Department of Justice created a Human Trafficking Bureau in 2017. Last year, the department reached around 5,000 people while conducting trainings with community members and businesses, according to Julie Braun, a policy advisor with the agency. Braun said they held trainings with the transportation and hospitality industries, as well as the health care sector to help them better recognize sex trafficking in the state"…Read more


Parents' & Youth Service Providers' Section

  • There's a Quiet #MeToo Movement Unfolding in the Government's Comments Section: "Few proposals that go through a notice-and-comment period garner more than a handful of comments. DeVos' plan has so far racked up 53,453. They include notes from a concerned grandparent and a worried high schooler, form letters from activists outraged by the proposal, and arguments against it from teachers, school administrators, and mental-health professionals. A small minority of comments support the proposed rules. And there are a growing number of stories like Lynn's, by people—both anonymous and named—who cite personal experiences of sexual violence to oppose the regulation"…Read more

  • I've Talked With Teenage Boys About Sexual Assault for 20 Years. This Is What They Still Don't Know: "In schools all over the country, in every demographic group imaginable, for 20 years, teenage boys have told me the same thing about the rape victim in Speak: They don't believe that she was actually raped. They argue that she drank beer, she danced with her attacker and, therefore, she wanted sex. They see his violence as a reasonable outcome. Many of them have clearly been in the same situation. They say this openly. They are not ashamed; they are ill-informed. These boys have been raised to believe that a rapist is a bad guy in the bushes with a gun. They aren't that guy, they figure, so they can't be rapists. Why should they think otherwise? Their parents generally limit conversations about sex to 'don't get her pregnant' lectures. They learn about sex from friends, and from internet porn, where scenes of non-consensual sex abound. No one has ever explained the laws to them. They don't understand that consent needs to be informed, enthusiastic, sober, ongoing and freely given"…Read more

  • LGBTQ-inclusive bullying laws associated with fewer teen suicide attempts, study says: "The study, published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed medical journal LGBT Health, found that while all states and the District of Columbia have anti-bullying laws, just 20 states explicitly name sexual and/or gender minorities. These are the states, according to the study, that reported fewer youth suicide attempts and fewer cases of forced sexual intercourse, regardless of sexual orientation"…Read more…Read related article: New Federal Study Shows 2% of US High School Students Identify as Transgender

  • Speaking Up Without Tearing Down: "But letting students practice calling their peers in—and being called in—helps them see that mistakes can be an opportunity to learn something new and get a fresh perspective. When we let students practice calling in, we teach them how to distinguish between people who are intentionally hurtful and those who are trying to figure out how to understand or talk about differences"…Read more


Hope House of South Central Wisconsin
720 Ash Street/P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913
24-Hour Confidential Helpline: 608-356-7500 or 1-800-584-6790
Resource Center: 608-356-9123


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