Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Tri-County Council On Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault

A Northwoods domestic abuse and sexual assault agency continues to have its services running, but like most businesses, they've made adjustments because of COVID-19.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Director Shellie Holmes says they continue to provide all of their services as before...

"Our phones are operating 24-7, our advocates are working. The only thing that is different is they aren't doing face-to-face meetings with victims..."

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2018 marked the lowest rate of domestic violence homicides in Wisconsin since 2011—a 24 percent decrease from the year prior, according to the End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report.

Associate Director at End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, Tony Wilkin Gibart says even with the lower numbers last year, one homicide is too many.

He says isolation, bad housing and lack of economic security are key factors in abuse, along with the presence of firearm in the dwelling....

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October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is holding its annual Candlelight Vigil on Friday, October 11, at 7:00p.m. at the Oneida County Courthouse and you can help out.

Melissa Kropidlowski is Domestic Violence Program Coordinator for Tri-County Council. She says Tri-County staff and members of the community will be reading the 2018 domestic violence homicide report...

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The Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report shows 47 people lost their lives last year. Thirty-nine of them were victims of domestic violence homicides and the other eight committed or attempted homicides, then killed themselves. Firearms were used in 65 percent of the 2018 cases -- despite the fact that nearly 30 percent of the perpetrators were legally prohibited from owning a gun.

The group End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin compiled the report and says 37 percent of the victims were killed while they were trying to leave the relationship after it had ended.

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A raffle to benefit Lily's House shelter is underway in the Northwoods, sponsored by Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse.

From now until July 4, the public can buy a $1 raffle ticket and split the winnings 50-50 to support Lily's House.

Executive Director Shellie Holmes says they have 10,000 tickets that are available at the Tri-County offices on Highway 47 north along with businesses in the area, including the other service communities of Eagle River and Crandon.

Holmes says this fundraiser is key to their efforts...

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Veterans Administration uses this month to raise awareness of veterans who are survival of military sexual trauma, defined as sexual assault or harrassment that occurred during military service.

Sarita Gruszynski is a Licensed Master Social Worker and Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Gruszynski says the number of cases is surprising..

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Braden Bayne-Allison is Sexual Assault Program Coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Ken Krall talked to him about sexual assault and how victims can find help...

Tri-County has offices in Rhinelander, Crandon and Eagle River. Tri-County Council has been providing advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault since 1979, and can be reached 24-hours a day at 800-236-1222.

UWSP Campuses Mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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STEVENS POINT, WI (WSAU) -- April marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month nationwide and on the campuses of the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

University leaders, students, and even Mayor Mike Wiza took part in a ceremony renaming a portion of 4th Avenue as Teal Street near the campus on Monday. "[Teal] is the color for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, it's a reminder to everyone that it's such an important topic," said Troy Seppelt, dean of students and assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs for the University.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States.

During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault based in Rhinelander is noting the monthly observance with two events.

Ken Krall spoke with Tri-County Executive Director Shellie Holmes about domestic violence and scheduled October events...

The toll-free number is 800-236-1222 or 715-362-6841.

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An arrest in a sexual assault case near Rhinelander.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the arrest of 21 year old Isaiah Moren of Rhinelander. June 10, deputies were called after an elderly woman was physically and sexually assaulted.

The State Crime Lab processed DNA samples and allegedly identified the suspect as Moren.

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The ME TOO movement has launched a discussion about sexual assault across the nation.

Locally, Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is bringing awareness to sexual assault with an event this weekend. Braden Bayne-Allison, Sexual Assault Program Coordinator at Tri-County spoke with WXPR's Ken Krall about sexual assault...

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January is Stalking Awareness Month and a local spokesperson says it is a serious crime.

Executive Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault...Shellie Holmes...says the legal system does not view stalking lightly....

"...stalking is defined as a pattern of behavior that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear. Stalking can be charged as a crime or an element of other crimes, especially if domestic abuse or sexual assaults are involved....."

Holmes says it frequently happens at the end of relationships...

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a vigil Friday evening in Rhinelander needs volunteers to make known the victims of domestic violence homicides in Wisconsin.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault is hosting the vigil Friday evening at the Green Space at Trig's downtown.

Executive Director Shellie Holmes says the Wisconsin's annual domestic violence homicide report is also released in October....

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The public is invited to a candlelight vigil Friday evening in Rhinelander that will remember the victims of child abuse and to remember a child who died recently here.

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The Department of Justice and anti-domestic violence groups announced a new program aimed at providing another level of protection to victims of domestic violence.

Among other things, the program called Safe at Home provides victims of domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, stalking, and trafficking with a legal substitute address and free mail forwarding service.

Shellie Holmes is  Executive Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, which serves victims in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties. Holmes talks about the program...

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