Local Agencies Crack Down for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse is Partnering with Agencies in Douglas County Throughout October

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – In 2016 law enforcement in Douglas County responded to 585 calls related to domestic abuse.

During the month of October their looking to spread a message of change throughout Twin Ports.

Monday, elected officials along with the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse (CASDA) in Superior kicked off a month long campaign.

Authorities say over four million people are faced with life or death situations every year related to domestic abuse and many of them are unsure where to turn next.

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, CASDA wants to remind those experiencing domestic violence they’re looking to fight for change.

Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf and Mayor Jim Paine spoke along with Police Chief Nicholas Alexander at Monday’s kickoff event.

“Events like this, community partnerships with advocacy groups and so on have helped raise awareness and improved services that have allowed us to see some gains but still recognizing there are significant problems,” said Chief Alexander.

The Chief says recent data show one third of domestic abuse victims were trying to leave their abuser.

The Superior Police Department applied for a federal grant in 2016 to help with future prosecution of abusers.

Last week, the Department was awarded the nearly $500,000 grant.

“I think the only true way to try and end domestic violence is through a community effort, and we cannot do it alone. CASDA, law enforcement cannot do it alone and if we’re ever going to make social change within our communities we need to make sure the community stands up with us,” said Kelly Burger, Executive Director of CASDA.

If you would like to make a difference in the Twin Ports, you’re encouraged to sign up to volunteer at a local victim services agency.

A donation drive will also be happening this week, on Thursday October 5 through Saturday October 7 at Super One Foods (2202 East 2nd Street, Superior, Wisconsin).

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