Welcome to Hope House's October 2019 Community Education E-bulletin!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

The national theme for Domestic Violence Awareness Month again this year is #1Thing. What's your #1Thing that will help end domestic violence? Hope House is organizing several projects and displays in October. If you'd like a domestic violence prevention poster or presentation this October or information on other ways you can get involved, please call us at 608-356-9123 or email us here

  • Headed from Baraboo to Sauk? Be sure to look for our billboard this month on the right before County Road Z/Prairie Road.

  • Later this month, look for Hope House's luminary display in our front yard in honor of those that died as a result of domestic violence in Wisconsin last year. See below for the homicide report.

  • Look for our Domestic Violence Awareness Month displays at Mauston Library, Mile Bluff Medical Center in Mauston, Adams County Community Center, Gundersen Moundview Hospital in Friendship, Madison College in Reedsburg and Portage, Marquette County Health & Human Services Building, Endeavor Public Library, and more.

  • Listen to 99.7 MAX FM in the Baraboo area and WRJC 92.1 in the Mauston area for our DVAM PSAs focused on the national theme #1Thing. Listen to Magnum stations in the Portage, Baraboo, Reedsburg, Wisconsin Dells region for short announcements related to Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

  • Watch your newspaper for our letter to the editor on the #1Thing campaign.

  • Are you part of a faith community? Consider adding our Domestic Violence Awareness Month information to your bulletin or newsletter. Find resources for faith communities at the Faith Trust Institute.

  • Are you a health care provider? October 16 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. We'd love to partner with you on raising awareness!


Wear Purple & Donate to Hope House on October 24, #PurpleThursday

Please join us in wearing purple on #PurpleThursday (October 24) to show your support for survivors and for ending domestic violence! Post your photos to Facebook and tag Hope House or email them to us, and we'll post them on our Facebook page. #PurpleThursday is a part of National Network to End Domestic Violence's Week of Action October 20-26. ​

Hope House's annual donation drive will be held on #PurpleThursday, October 24 at 99.7 MAX FM's parking lot at 201 8th Ave, the corner of 8th Ave/Hwy 33 and Broadway in Baraboo. They will be broadcasting live from 7am-2pm. Drop off your donation and purchase lunch on site from Wood BBQ food cart!

Needed items include canned tuna, chicken, and soup, peanut butter, body wash, deodorant, hair conditioner, hair brushes, body lotion, disinfectant spray, Lysol Laundry Sanitizer/Disinfectant, tall kitchen trash bags, paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies. Monetary gifts always welcome. 

Other donation drop-off sites for those unable to get to Baraboo:

  • Winnebago Gift Shop, 226 Broadway in Wisconsin Dells
  • McFarlane's, 720 Carolina St. in Sauk City
  • Hillestad Heating & Cooling Systems, 919 Development Dr. in Lodi
  • Phillips HealthMart Pharmacy, 123 E. State St. in Mauston

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for posters and more information. Questions? Call Deb at 608-356-9123 x120 or email her at debb@hopehousescw.org


WERQout for Hope House

On Saturday, October 12 from 9-10am at the BRAVO Center in Baraboo is WERQout for Hope House. WERQ (pronounced “work”) is the wildly addictive dance fitness class based on the hottest pop and hip-hop music. $10 at the door with proceeds going to Hope House for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Wear purple to show your support. RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/730856440674517. To learn more about WERQ, visit www.WERQfitness.com

Charity Zumba Class

On Thursday, October 10 from 7-7:45pm at the Two Sisters Event Center in Mauston will be a special charity Zumba class for Hope House. Bring your friends and family and dance for a cause! Funds will go towards supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in our area. $10 cash or check payable to Hope House accepted at the door. ​October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month; wear purple to show your support. RSVP at www.facebook.com/events/2480162728689210. To learn more about Zumba, visit www.zumba.com


New This Year!

Look for our purple sashes around trees with information about Hope House for Domestic Violence Awareness Month at Meyer Oak Grove Park in Sauk City, the Adams County Courthouse, Bowman Park in Wisconsin Dells, Goeres Park in Lodi, and (TBD) parks in Portage.


Some of our staff gathered on the last day of September to finalize plans for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to reflect on our own #1Things. Each of us can do #1Thing to help end domestic violence. What's your #1Thing?


Hope House's October Wish List

Most needed items include:

  • Food: lunch meat, milk, icing, mayo, ketchup
  • Personal Care Items: deodorant, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, hair brushes
  • Clothing: new underwear (women's size XS and XL, men's all sizes, and children's all sizes), new comfy sweatshirts
  • Miscellaneous: paper towels, tissues, toilet paper
  • Kitchen Supplies: can openers, spoons, Tupperware, Zip lock bags, disposable coffee and water cups
  • Cleaning Supplies: disinfectant spray and wipes, laundry detergent, Lysol laundry disinfectant

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 what's listed above), 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.


Human Trafficking luncheon

Wisconsin Dells J1 Student Consortium, which Hope House is a part of, is organizing a human trafficking luncheon for people who sponsor, host, employ, or house exchange visitors or seasonal staff. Josh Beaton with UMOS, Inc. will be presenting on November 6 from 11 am-2 pm at Trappers Turn in Wisconsin Dells. $15/person includes lunch. To register or for more information, contact Deb at 608-356-9123 x120 or email debb@hopehousescw.org.


Domestic Violence News

  • Annual Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report Released: “According to the newly released Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report, 47 people in Wisconsin lost their lives to domestic violence in 2018…Of the individuals who died because of domestic violence in 2018, 39 were victims of domestic violence homicides and 8 were perpetrators of homicides or attempted homicides who then committed suicide. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has been producing the annual report since 2000. Since 2005, firearms have killed more people in domestic violence homicides in WI than all other methods of killing combined. Firearms were the method of homicide in 65% of the 2018 cases, despite the fact that 29% of the perpetrators were legally prohibited from owning one, many due to previous charges of domestic violence”…Read more

  • Lawmakers Hear Emotional Stories From 'Forgotten Crisis' Of Military Domestic Violence: “Former wives and partners of servicemen who survived domestic abuse told their harrowing stories before the House Armed Services military preparedness subcommittee as they pressed for more attention to and resources for the growing problem within the armed forces”…Read more

  • Women’s Shoes Hung on Wall in Turkey to Commemorate the 440 Women Killed by Their Own Husbands: "In some parts of Turkey, it is customary to hang a pair of shoes on the wall outside a home to remember the recently deceased...'What this project does is that it both raises awareness regarding women murders and also materializes this issue like a sculpture or monument. This work will stay here for 6 months,' he continued"...Read more


Sexual Assault News

  • You Know Emily Doe’s Story. Now Learn Her Name.: “For four years, the woman whose Stanford University sexual assault case caused a public outcry, has been known only as ‘Emily Doe.’ In her new memoir, ‘Know My Name,’ which charts her life since then, she reveals her real name: Chanel Miller…Ms. Miller started working on the book in early 2017, and since then it has shifted and expanded as conversations about sexual violence moved increasingly to the fore. The process of writing ‘Know My Name’ was also, in part, a way for Ms. Miller to piece together the totality of what happened the night she was assaulted”…Read more…Watch her powerful 4-minute video: I Am With You…Read related Op-Ed: Why It Matters That ‘Emily Doe’ in the Brock Turner Case Is Asian-American

  • Netflix’s Unbelievable Is a Different Sort of Drama About Sexual Assault: “If anything, she said, she wants to amplify the story—Netflix, as a global platform, has a wider reach than any of the previous iterations—and challenge viewers to see themselves in the players involved. ‘In an ideal world, [they would] say, ‘Wow, what assumptions am I making that I had no idea I was carrying?’ she explained. ‘That seemed interesting to me, to take someone on that journey’”…Read more

  • 'Tip Of The Iceberg' — 1 In 16 Women Reports First Sexual Experience As Rape: “More than 3 million women experienced rape as their first sexual encounter, according to a new study, which surveyed women ages 18 to 44 in the U.S. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, found that most respondents were adolescents when they were raped. It also found that these women were more likely to suffer worse long-term health outcomes than women who had sex voluntarily the first time”…Read more

  • Lawsuits Say Lyft Doesn't Do Enough To Protect Women From Predatory Drivers: “Lyft is facing a flood of lawsuits from women around the country who say the ride-hailing company has known for years — and failed to stop — what they describe as an epidemic of sexual assault and rape involving some of its drivers…Simes says her firm has fielded more than 150 calls so far from women who say they were abused. And more calls come in every day”…Read more

  • I was the first woman to publicly accuse gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. But I was also abused in my own church.: “For a small church of only a few hundred people, sexual abuse had become a predominant, well-kept secret…It also left me with a lesson I’ve never forgotten and had in fact taken into the exam room with Larry: If you can’t prove it, don’t speak up. Because it will cost you everything”…Read more

  • NFL News: Patriots Release Antonio Brown Amid Sexual Assault Allegations: “This comes amid allegations of both sexual assault and sexual harassment. Brown was originally released by the Oakland Raiders earlier in August after a drama-filled short tenure with the organization. A couple days later, Brown’s former trainer accused him of three different instances of sexual assault spanning 2017 and 2018. Said allegations were made public record in a federal lawsuit against Brown on Sep. 10. It was earlier this week that yet another woman accused Brown of sexual misconduct in a lengthy Sports Illustrated piece”…Read more

  • Figure Skating Coach Sentenced to 24 Years for Sexual Abuse: “The case once again brings attention to what critics have said is the inability of officials in Olympic-related sports to keep elite athletes safe in events like gymnastics, swimming, figure skating and taekwondo. Federal authorities are examining the way the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and national sports governing bodies have handled claims of sexual abuse, and Congress is seeking greater oversight of Olympic sports”…Read more

  • Woman Trying to End Sexual Assault at V.A. Centers Says She Is Attacked in One: “Many female veterans praise the care they get at the hospitals, but describe a difficult journey walking through them, in which they may be harassed or assaulted by male veterans, or have their own status as veterans questioned. While the number of women using veteran health services has tripled since 2000 — to about 500,000 from a little over 150,000 — they still make up only 8 percent of patients”…Read more

  • Brett Kavanaugh Fit In With the Privileged Kids. She Did Not.: “But while we found Dr. Ford’s allegations credible during a 10-month investigation, Ms. Ramirez’s story could be more fully corroborated. During his Senate testimony, Mr. Kavanaugh said that if the incident Ms. Ramirez described had occurred, it would have been ‘the talk of campus.’ Our reporting suggests that it was”…Read more

  • RAINN Interview with Director of Untouchable Documentary on Weinstein Abuse: “RAINN and Hulu have partnered up for the release of a new documentary film, Untouchable, in which survivors of Harvey Weinstein share their stories of abuse and its effects on their lives and careers. Before the film's release, RAINN interviewed its director, Ursula Macfarlane, to hear about how she supported the survivors who participated and what she hopes viewers will take away from the documentary”…Read the interview


Miscellaneous News & Resources

  • New CDC Technical Package on Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): “The new technical package identifies six strategies for preventing ACEs and reducing their lifelong impact on survivors: 1. Strengthen economic supports to families 2. Promote social norms that protect against violence and adversity 3. Ensure a strong start for children 4. Teach skills 5. Connect youth to caring adults and activities 6. Intervene to lessen immediate and long-term harms”…Read more

  • States Take on the Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: “Wisconsin is the latest state seeking to unearth more information and come up with strategies for addressing violence. Three female legislators have recently introduced a bill that would ask the state to create a task force to examine the issue and make recommendations for how the state could support tribal members who face violence”…Read more


Parents' & Youth Service Providers' Section

  • New Dating Matters Toolkit Is Available to All Communities: “Explore the new Dating Matters Toolkit and learn how Dating Matters can help your community prevent teen dating violence before it starts. Dating Matters®: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships includes prevention strategies for individuals, peers, families, schools, and neighborhoods. It focuses on teaching 11-14-year olds the skills they need to have healthy relationships and prevent negative relationship behaviors early in life. A recent evaluation found that it works to prevent teen dating violence in middle school”…Learn more

  • PACER’s Include Someone, Make a Difference: “A new campaign – created in partnership with Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up initiative – to inspire kids across the country to include someone at lunch, recess, or wherever it’s needed most to stop bullying before it starts. Features resources with ideas on how to include others, along with an ‘Include Someone’ kit for educators.” Visit the campaign and order the kit.

  • Teaching Kindness Isn’t Enough: “Young people need language to combat microaggressions, and they also need to know that their teachers care about it. They need to know their trusted adults will speak up, facilitate and engage. There’s nothing wrong with taking a moment to think, to say, ‘That didn’t feel right, and I need to circle back to this.’ But there is something wrong with answering injustice with easy reassurances like, ‘We just need to be kind to one another.’ Even if they can’t yet articulate why, our students know that’s not enough”…Read more

  • We Know It Harms Kids to See Smoking on TV. What About Rape?: “If you suspect that your teenager has already encountered a rape scene on television, look for an opening to talk about it. You might get the conversation started by addressing the fact that depictions of sexual violence have not always been a regular part of television”…Read more

  • Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY): Learn more from the Wisconsin Department of Instruction about McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the rights of students “who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence” here, including a 5-minute video.


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Many thanks to the Salvation Army in Adams County for dropping off over $750 worth of donations last month, such as a new vacuum, Kwik Trip gas cards, slow cookers, sheets, deodorant, conditioner, toothpaste, backpacks, underwear, and DVDs. We appreciate your on-going support!


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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