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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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Scholarships for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Scholarships for Survivors of Domestic Violence

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Survivors of domestic violence face a lot of challenges to regain their self-confidence and independence. One way to become self-reliant and independent is to earn a college degree. This may not seem financially feasible for some women, especially if they have children or don’t have a reliable source of income. But earning a scholarship may help them get on the right track. There are several scholarships available for survivors of abuse. They can provide some or all the funding to women who needs to earn a college degree and get back on their feet after being in an abusive relationship. Victims of Domestic Violence Women Facing Economic and Social Challenges Women’s Independence Scholarship Program (WISP)Open to survivors of domestic violence who are single mothers with young children and exhibits a…
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Honor Dad In A Special Way on June 18th

Honor Dad In A Special Way on June 18th

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                                 Father's Day Is Sunday, June 18th   Happy Father's Day! It goes without saying that we should honor our dads every day. Honoring dad starts with a thankful heart for the role he has played in your life. We know that the majority of fathers are good non-violent men who work hard to do their best and make better lives for their families. Honor dad today with a gift to HELP of Door County. Give today in honor of your caring father. Your gift of any amount will help bring peace and safety to survivors of domestic abuse through our efforts that support families, elders, and teens. Together, we will end domestic violence in Door County. To…
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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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What Is Domestic Violence?

What Is Domestic Violence?

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  What is domestic violence? Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence also includes any actions or threats of actions that are used to influence another person. Domestic violence often occurs in cycles, with periods of "normal or happy times" followed by increased tension and abuse. The cycle of violence repeats, sometimes over a period of months, sometimes within the same day. Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or religion. Domestic violence occurs in same-sex relationships, and men can be victim as well. If you or someone you…
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Burned Biscuits

Burned Biscuits

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  When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing.... never made a face nor uttered a…
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There’s A Hole In The Side Of My Boat

There’s A Hole In The Side Of My Boat

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One of my favorite quotes on the struggles we see every day here at HELP of Door County was shared by Will McAvoy in the final episode of The Newsroom when he told his wife, Mckenzie: “There's a hole in the side of my boat. That hole is never going to be fixed, it's never going away, and I can't get a new boat. What I have to do is bail water out faster than it's coming in.” This is actually life for many of the people we encounter everyday. For many people that we see, life is a boat with a hole in the side. Life is just baling water out faster than it’s coming in. And there’s nobility and joy in doing this. It’s exhausting sometimes. It’s depressing…
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