Northeast Wisconsin community launches campaign to combat domestic violence


One Northeast Wisconsin group is coming collectively to fight an increase in home violence.

Neighborhood companions in Brown County launched the “Be Protected” marketing campaign Tuesday on the O’Connor Connective in De Pere. “Be Protected” is a advertising initiative to assist victims join with sources by calling 920-212-SAFE, or visiting

The marketing campaign was unveiled throughout Home Violence Consciousness Month and comes after Wisconsin noticed report home violence deaths in 2020 and 2021. Home violence calls have remained excessive in 2022, in keeping with Inexperienced Bay Police Chief Chris Davis.

Past the web site and telephone quantity, the marketing campaign will embody social media pages, digital billboards, posters, video and extra. The “Be Protected” initiative is a mixed effort between a number of organizations within the larger Inexperienced Bay space.

“There’s energy in partnerships,” Inexperienced Bay Mayor Eric Genrich stated in an announcement. “For this marketing campaign, nonprofit organizations, governmental companies and native companies are working collectively to lift consciousness in regards to the free, native assist out there for these affected by home violence.”

Cheeia Lo, government director of the advocacy group Golden Home, stated home violence can take many varieties.

“It may be verbal, emotional, monetary, bodily,” she stated. “It is the abuser’s means of taking management over the sufferer.”

When many victims go away their abuser, they’re fearful about their kids, their monetary state of affairs and even elevated violence when their abuser realizes they left, Lo stated.

“Many have no idea the place to show. That’s why the ‘Be Protected’ marketing campaign is so necessary,” she stated. “Elevating consciousness in regards to the free, native, protected name code out there will enhance the variety of victims who attain out.”

Renita Robinson, vp of range and inclusion at Prevea Well being, stated home violence can result in adverse well being results, as victimization is a “social determinant of well being.”

“Social determinants of well being are the areas that we stay, and work, and get educated in,” she stated. “(They’re) the place we survive. In the event you’re afraid in that area, it is actually troublesome to outlive, actually troublesome to thrive.”

Lo encourages victims of home violence to hunt assist. Her group helps victims create a security plan, in addition to offers housing help and monetary assist when wanted.

“It isn’t your fault. You do not deserve this. There’s assist on the market,” she stated. “Do not maintain it inside the household. Search assist.”

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Whereas Golden Home has been offering companies to survivors of home violence for over 40 years, Lo stated the necessity for companies isn’t lowering.

There have been a report 80 home violence deaths in Wisconsin final 12 months — breaking the report of 68 deaths recorded in 2020, in keeping with a report from Finish Home Abuse Wisconsin. 

In 2021, home abuse price the state over $657 million whole and $6,976 per incident, in keeping with a examine launched earlier this month by the Sojourner Household Peace Middle and The Jamie Kimble Basis for Braveness. The examine stated these prices got here from lack of life, bodily and psychological well being care, court docket prices, policing and prisons and misplaced productiveness at work.

Moreover, one quarter of girls around the globe between ages 15 and 49 are estimated to have skilled bodily abuse, sexual abuse or intimate associate violence of their lifetimes, in keeping with a February examine printed in The Lancet.

These findings are mirrored on the native stage. The Inexperienced Bay Police Division took 507 stories of home violence in 2021, or roughly two calls per day, in keeping with Davis.

In comparison with historic developments, 2022 hasn’t been a lot better. Davis stated his division continues to see “an unusually massive” variety of home abuse conditions.

“When home abuse occurs, it impacts not solely survivors, however it impacts their households and, actually, it impacts our complete group,” Davis stated. “Holding abusers accountable is our enterprise, however that is actually only one a part of the answer to this downside. Offering sources for survivors is crucial to addressing this situation in the long run.”

Over the past decade, he stated regulation enforcement companies have been extra proactive in connecting victims to sources by means of group partnerships.

“Prior to now, what would occur is police would come, they could make an arrest of an abuser after which go away,” Davis stated. “And the survivor is left there pondering, ‘What do I do now? How do I get out of this case?'”

Whereas connecting folks with sources is crucial, Lo stated decreasing home violence additionally requires combating the stigma surrounding it.

“Anyone might be a sufferer of home violence,” she stated. “It might be your sister, it might be your neighbor, it might be the person who you’re employed with. With regards to home violence, you aren’t alone and it isn’t your fault.”

The Nationwide Home Violence Hotline is 800-799-7233.