domestic violence

Drive Aims to Boost Non-Mainstream Domestic-Violence Groups

Jul 24, 2020
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- An initiative is under way to extend the reach of smaller nonprofits in Wisconsin that assist victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

The awareness effort in Milwaukee focuses on groups deemed culturally specific. Organizers have said in communities of color, victims might be reluctant to seek help from mainstream organizations, especially those with ties to law enforcement.

A local domestic and sexual violence advocacy group saw a 75-percent drop in requests for services in March and April due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

But it wants people to know it’s fully available to provide help to those who need it.

Embrace serves survivors in Price, Rusk, Washburn, and Barron counties.

Sexual violence program coordinator Angela Frieze said the drop is not because less violence is occurring.

Last October, bills were introduced in the legislature to create a task force on missing and murdered tribal women and girls, to be comprised of a majority of tribal individuals close to the issue.

Democratic State Senator Janet Bewley, and Assembly Democrats Beth Meyers and Amanda Stuck were joined by Republican Representative Jeff Mursau in sponsoring the bills.

Ken Krall

  "The demographics, we believe, do not reflect the number of native women who are subject to violence, even murder..."

That statement from State Senator Janet Bewley, who was joined by state Representatives Beth Meyers and Amanda Stuck at a press conference at Lac du Flambeau Wednesday.

Those three legislators, along with Representative Jeff Mursau will introduce a bill to create a task force on missing and murdered tribal women and girls.

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Legislators will be in Lac du Flambeau Wednesday to discuss a bipartisan bill aimed at lessening the scourge of violence against tribal women.

Three Democrats, State Senator Janet Bewley and State Representatives Beth Meyers and Amanda Stuck will hold a press conference to introduce bipartisan legislation focused on studying and eliminating violence against tribal women and girls. Republican Representative Jeff Mursau of Crivitz is also a co-sponsor.

Bewley says the idea of the bill is to focus in on just what is happening...

The public is invited Friday night to a vigil in downtown Rhinelander to remember people who lost their lives due to domestic violence. Shellie Holmes is Executive Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault...

"....every October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In Wisconsin in 2015, 51 people lost their lives to domestic violence homicide. That's a pretty high number. Unfortunately in 2016, we have way more than that. We're up to 67....."

A new report says 89 deaths in Wisconsin were the result of domestic violence in the past two years. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. WXPR News Director Ken Krall spoke with Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault's Shellie Holmes about the report from the statewide advocacy group End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. She says the report is numbers, but the people involved are real as are the impacts.

Forest County Sheriff

An Armstrong Creek man has avoided prison time but will be jailed for a February incident at his home in Forest County.

A first-degree attempted homicide charge was dropped against 52 year old Forrest Schaller. Schaller was arrested after gunshots were fired February 3 at a Dallman Road residence. Two people were found unhurt in the home.