Shellie Holmes

January is the 15th Stalking Awareness Month, held each year to focus attention on the crime of stalking. Executive Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Shellie Holmes, says stalking happens much more than most people think it does. She says with the Jayme Closs case in the news, that would have been a stalking case if Jayme had known about it...

  School is in session and the influence of peer pressure triggers the concern of domestic violence in youth. Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Director Shellie Holmes says the best way to end abuse before it begins is to stop the cycle.

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A domestic violence victim support agency is holding a candlelight vigil in Rhinelander Thursday night for the three children who survived the apparent homicide of Thomas and Jennifer Ayers.

Law enforcement believes the three young girls were locked in a room while Jennifer Ayers’ 17-year-old daughter Ashlee Martinson killed her mother and step-father.  The couple was found dead Sunday. 

Shellie Holmes, Director of Tri County Council on Domestic Violence, says the agency is holding a vigil and collecting donations for the children.

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.