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.

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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.

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