Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

"Lily's House" Shelter Nearing Completion

Jul 15, 2015

Many have probably driven past the current domestic violence shelter without giving it a second glance. It looks like a regular single-family home.

Shellie Holmes, the Executive  Director of Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, explains the move to a more visible and comforting location.

“There’s been quite an evolution I guess you’d say in our movement, where it used to be people that hung out in secret, and they put people away in places that were maybe sub-standard,” Holmes said.

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Two sessions are set for later today in Three Lakes to address concerns about sexual predators.

Braden Bayne-Allison from Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault ...

"....we're hosting an open community forum for the community in Three Lakes and any one else who would like to attend. It's going to be at the Demmer Memorial Library to discuss concerns that community members have brought to our attention...."

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An advocate working  with  victims says call for help if you feel threatened in a domestic situation.

The group End Domestic Violence Wisconsin said there were 55 deaths related to domestic violence last year. Braden Bayne-Allison from  Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault headquartered in Rhinelander says 16 of those deaths were from murder-suicides, with the rest  from domestic violence...

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A bill...authored by state Assembly Republicans ... would establish a clear method for people served with domestic violence injunctions to surrender their weapons. Current law requires people to surrender their weapons if an injunction is approved by a judge, but the method to do the surrender has been ambiguous.

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.