If you are viewing our site and need to quickly get away to an unrelated site, click the escape button at the upper right-hand corner, and you will be redirected. However, computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are in danger, please use a safer computer, call 911, call Hope House at 1-800-584-6790, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. Hope House, in cooperation with the community, provides shelter, advocacy, and education to people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Our service area includes Sauk, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, and Adams counties. Services are free of charge.
To learn about the history of Hope House, click here. Domestic violence is a pattern of coercive tactics that are used to gain and maintain power and control in an intimate relationship, within families, or in care giving relationships. Generally, several forms of abuse, such as psychological, emotional, verbal, physical, sexual and/or financial, are used in combination. This repeated form of control can manifest itself in several ways: intimidation, degrading name-calling, humiliation, isolation, minimizing-denying-blaming the partner, using the children, using male privilege, control of finances, coercion, or threats. Sexual violence is any verbal, visual, written/typed, or physical act that breaks someoneís sense of trust and/or safety and is sexual in nature. Sexual assault is any sexual contact or intercourse without the personís consent. Consent cannot involve force, pressure, manipulation, or threats. Sexual assault is a crime of violence, anger, control and power, not sexual desire.
Click here for links to other websites with information on domestic violence and sexual assault.
January 2012 Update: Hope House received word that our SAVS grant will be cut by 27%. We originally thought it would be cut by 10%, and then heard news it would be 45%. Of course, 27% is less devastating than 45%; however, this is still a significant cut.
Hope House of South Central Wisconsin has been greatly impacted by the economy for our 2011 and 2012 budget. We have had four of our grants cut or significantly reduced. We learned that our Sexual Assault Victim Services (SAVS) grant, Wisconsinís only grant program devoted to direct services for sexual assault victims, will be cut by 45% for us in 2012. For 2010 and 2011, Hope House received $174,350, and now we will only be receiving $100,365.
This news comes at a time when Hope House has already had three other significant grants cut. Hope House previously learned that our state Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) was not funded for 2012. In 2010, we had received over $40,000 from this grant, and in 2011 we received $26,000. Hope House received over $37,000 from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and these funds are not being made in 2012. The federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) awarded Hope House over $25,000 in 2010, only $1,000 in 2011, and have given no indication that they will provide funding in 2012.
Due to these significant cuts, Hope House has had to reduce staff and cut services in the following programs: trauma counseling, sexual assault advocacy, childrenís programming, domestic violence outreach, legal advocacy, and shelter.
At a time when there is national attention on cases of sexual assault and when in 2010 Wisconsin had 58 reported deaths due to domestic violence, the need is great, awareness is rising, yet funding is getting cut.
From October 2010 to September 2011, Hope House served approximately 1300 families, responded to approximately 4500 helpline calls, and sheltered 181 individuals. Six families were referred to other housing options because at the time they requested shelter at Hope House, we were at maximum capacity. In terms of community education, Hope House gave 335 presentations and trainings to nearly 7,500 people.
Due to the budget cuts, Hope House will be actively seeking other sources of revenue through grants and fundraising. In the upcoming months, will be appealing to the community. We hope that you recognize the need for and importance of the services we provide. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Hope House. Checks can be mailed to Hope House at P.O. Box 557, Baraboo, WI 53913. Individuals can also donate here online. Would you be interested in organizing a fundraiser for Hope House or know someone who would? Please give us a call at 608-356-9123. Thank you for your continued support of our mission to end domestic violence and sexual assault and to build communities where everyone feels safe and is treated with respect.
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