Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

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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...

Nicolet Area Technical College

Sue Perry of Lake Tomahawk is a Nurse Educator at Nicolet College. She's also a long-time registered nurse at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. She's also an author of the book "From Beneath The Tarp", which details the tragic abuse she suffered as a young adult in her first marriage and her efforts now to reach out to help others.

In October, she received the Courage Award from the Governor's Council on Domestic Abuse and recently was named to a panel on the topic. Perry stopped by the WXPR studios and spoke with Ken Krall....

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....."

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A local anti-violence advocate says domestic violence exists in many people's homes and having a month set aside to discuss it is important.

Melissa K. is Domestic Violence Program Coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. She says people being abused often feel isolated and cut off from people around them. Melissa says it often starts where everything seems fine, but slowly escalates...

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Executive Director Shellie Holmes says during the month they want to shine a light on the problem and to provide education. Last week staff members traveled to high schools in the area to bring the word that dating should not make a person feel uncomfortable....

  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.

"Lily's House" Shelter Nearing Completion

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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.

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...."

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...

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.