While violence against women in India and Syria may be receiving a lot of media attention at the moment, we must always remember that domestic and sexualized violence aren’t only problems of faraway nations—they present prevalent problems right here in our own Wisconsin backyards. In fact, statistics suggest that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be victims at some point in their lifetimes.
How will we turn the tide against domestic and sexualized violence?
In a recent community television interview, Turningpoint’s Executive Director, Kim Wojcik, talks about how the agency supports victims as they move toward independence; its services and expansion plans; and ways local families and businesses can help further their mission.
Services for western Wisconsin victims of domestic and sexualized violence
Located in River Falls, Wisconsin, Turningpoint offers critical support to victims throughout Pierce and St. Croix Counties, including:
- Crisis counseling
- Support groups
- Safety planning
- Legal advocacy
Turningpoint also offers extensive prevention education programming in the hopes that, someday, their services will no longer be needed.
To make that happen, though, Turningpoint will need the support of its community.
Expansion will help Turningpoint serve more victims
Turningpoint operates Second Chances, a thrift shop that generates revenue for the organization, in addition to providing victims with basic necessities, like free clothing and furniture, as they build abuse-free lives.
Having outgrown their current space, Turningpoint has purchased the building next door at 117 N Main Street in River Falls. The move will allow for an expansion of the store’s retail space and, if the organization can raise $85,000, the administrative offices will move out of the current shelter location to the new space, as well.
This would offer tremendous benefit to area victims most in need.
Freeing up space currently taken by administrative offices would allow Turningpoint to offer twice as many beds to victims seeking refuge. And, sadly, this is an acute need; in December, the shelter had to turn away 14 victims for lack of space and, in January, another seven.
Not only that, a new, high visibility location on Main Street will help Turningpoint raise the profile of domestic and sexualized violence issues and prevention in western Wisconsin.
How can you help?
You can lend your support in a number of different ways:
- Make a donation. Direct donations toward Turningpoint’s remodeling project are always appreciated. Please, download a donation form and help them get one step closer toward reaching their goal.
- Buy a Deetcha Doll. Created by a local artist and based upon children’s drawings, these Deetcha Dolls are $20, with 100% of the proceeds going to Turningpoint.
- Design a tile. If you make a donation of $25 or more, you can design a tile that will be prominently displayed in the new Second Chances store. This fundraiser offers those in our western Wisconsin community to show they stand with Turningpoint, as they work toward a violence-free tomorrow.
Thanks to all throughout the community who are partnering with Turningpoint.
Domestic and sexualized violence are everyone’s problem. And, together, we can end it.