A Short History of Domestic Abuse

A Short History of Domestic Abuse

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  Domestic abuse was not always seen as criminal behavior. At the beginning of American history, "chastisement" was considered acceptable within the covenant of marriage. In 1871, an Alabama court ruled that the husband's "ancient" privilege to beat his wife was no longer acceptable under the law. It took almost another century before the "privacy" doctrine, or belief that abuse within a marriage was a private affair, began to unravel. The 1960s-1970s saw the birth of women's shelters and domestic violence programs around the country (including the establishment of HELP of Door County in 1979). In 1994, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was signed into law, providing funding for increased investigation and prosecution of domestic abuse and establishing the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice.…
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Honor Mom In A Special Way on May 14th

Honor Mom In A Special Way on May 14th

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                                  Mothers Day Is Sunday, May 14th It goes without saying that we should honor our moms every day. Honoring mom starts with a thankful heart for the role she has played in your life. I know that I wouldn't be the person I am today without the influence of my mother! But since we “officially” get only one day out of the year to recognize the amazing woman who changed our diapers, wiped our noses, kissed our skinned knees, sat in the front row of our games, watched us go on our first date, celebrated our wedding day and maybe even watched us have a child of our own, why not put a special…
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Congratulations Northern Door HELPers!

Congratulations Northern Door HELPers!

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As you know, APRIL IS VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MONTH....We would like to thank our "Northern Door HELPers" who since 2006 have raised more than $135,000 to support the good work of HELP of Door County and were recently one of three groups honored at the 15th Annual Golden Hearts Volunteer Celebration. In 2005, Chris Forbes, the "founding mother" of the Northern Door Helpers shared with her friends her great idea for "having an event without an event". Chris told a few of her friends about an idea she had (who later would become the HELPers): "people should think of the money that they won't be spending by not going out - no need for a sitter, a new pair of shoes or a trip to the beauty salon and then write…
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Thank-You For Packing Our Parachutes!

Thank-You For Packing Our Parachutes!

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Charles Plumb was a US Navy jet pilot during the Vietnam War. After 75 combat missions, his plane was destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience! One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant in New York, a man at another table came up and said, ' You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down! 'How in the world did you know that?' asked Plumb. 'I packed your parachute,' the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, 'I…
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Amy Kohnle Receives Anne KoK Social Justice Award

Amy Kohnle Receives Anne KoK Social Justice Award

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Amy Kohnle, Executive Director of the United Way of Door County was honored as this year’s recipient of the Anne Kok Social Justice Award at HELP of Door County’s Annual Meeting. Paul Kok, Board Member for HELP, presented the award and shared that; “I can think of no one more deserving than Amy whose life’s work has mirrored the high ideals of social justice that Anne held so dearly.” Amy has served as the Executive Director of the United Way of Door County since 1999 and has been instrumental in the success of numerous initiatives like the AODA Coalition, Healthy Door County, the Partnership for Children and Families and Cradle to Career. Amy currently sits on the Boards of NAMI and Door Tran and serves in a leadership role with…
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