Sokaogon Chippewa Community News

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality.

Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and the devastating consequences can cross generations and last a lifetime.

  • 80 people in Wisconsin lost their lives to domestic violence in 2021 – 12 more deaths than the previous year
  • In 2021, domestic violence homicides took place in 21 Wisconsin counties, with a rate of one death every four and half days.
  • Of those who died, 65 were homicide victims – up from 58 in 2020, and 11 were perpetrators of homicide who died by suicide – up from 8 in 2020.
  • 52% of victims were the perpetrator’s current or former intimate partner.
  • The homicide method in 67% of cases was firearms. Over one-third of those who used a gun were legally prohibited from possessing that firearm.

Information gathered from

Brighter Days – Waaseyagiizhig – program provides services to anyone harmed by domestic violence, sexual assault, teen dating violence or stalking.

For assistance, contact Kerry at 715-478-6451 or Carla at 715-478-6452.