MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) – October is home violence consciousness month and Menomonie non-profit, Bridge to hope is taking a furry method to unfold the phrase. The non-profit is devoted to not solely serving to home violence victims, but additionally these affected by sexual assault and human trafficking.
On Sunday, the group hosted its 2nd annual Paws for Peace pet stroll on the Crimson Cedar Path.
The Bridge to Hope authorized advocate, Coltra Hiestand, says the stroll incorporates pets as a result of they are often affected by home violence too.
“In relation to violence, generally individuals neglect concerning the cats, canine, and different pets which can be within the midst and don’t have a voice,” Hienstand mentioned. “That’s considered one of out priorates as a result of lots of people gained’t depart an abusive relationship as a result of they’ve their pet, they’ve their cat, and so they need to have the ability to convey them with.”
Folks introduced out their canine and even a cat took to the path to stroll for peace.
The Dunn County Sheriffs Workplace emotional assist canine, Rookie, made an look as nicely.
“He’s purely there to take a seat with anyone, calm anyone down as a result of quite a bit, you recognize, somebody might not have good social helps of their human household however then their canine is their greatest pal and the residing being that will get them by means of their day,” Hiestand mentioned.
Jenn McDermid is the director of home abuse victims providers at The Bridge to Hope. She says a number of fortunate winners went dwelling with a prize for his or her furry member of the family.
“We now have three raffles that had been each donated from pets plus and tripod pet care,” McDermid mentioned. “Then our personal sexual assault advocate put a raffle basket collectively.”
Hiestand says it’s necessary to proceed to unfold consciousness of home violence.
“It’s one in 4,” Hiestand mentioned. “Everyone is aware of anyone. Anyone has a sister or a cousin, brother, uncle, anyone who has been concerned in home violence.”
McDermid says not everybody experiences violence of their life, however its necessary to unfold consciousness of what’s occurring in your personal yard.
“We’ve misplaced 68 lives to home violence in Wisconsin this 12 months so simply to make it actual and lift that consciousness. The extra individuals know, the extra empowered they’re.”
The Bridge to Hope can have a show honoring home violence victims up at their location. A digital vigil will even be held on October twenty eighth at 5 p.m. for the 68 Wisconsin lives misplaced to home violence.
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