Many continue to try to make sense of the tragic shootings in Milwaukee when Radcliffe Haughton followed his wife to work and shot seven people, resulting in the death of his wife and two others, and injury to four more.
He later shot himself.
This act of domestic violence is not unlike others in that power and control over another is at the core of domestic violence.
Using intimidation, isolation, emotional abuse, economic abuse, children (look what your mom made me do), threats and coercion, and male privilege (you do what I say) are common tactics used to control behavior of another.
When Zina Haughton continued to pursue legal protections despite his threats, his behaviors escalated to slashing tires and gun violence.
Each October, the Waupaca community gathers to recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
With that, it’s important to raise awareness of local resources.
Representatives from law enforcement, the District Attorney’s office, schools, health care providers and service providers-known as the Coordinated Community Response Team – meet regularly to ensure a consistent and coordinated believes all residents should have the right to live violence-free and be supported in that right by the communities in which they live.
CAP Services’ Domestic Abuse Offices on Tower Road in Waupaca can provide information and educational materials on domestic violence and dating violence.
One-to-one support and advocacy services are also available, and include assistance with the development of personal safety plans, with applications for restraining orders and more.
Support groups are organized for both victims of domestic violence and for children who have witnessed abuse at home.
Too often, children believe the abuse is somehow their fault.
CAP also offers affordable rental housing for those who choose to set up a household separate from their abuser in two locations in Waupaca County.
In addition, its Family Crisis Center in Stevens Point provides a safe place to stay when home is not safe as does Harbor House in Appleton.
If you or someone you know needs these services, please call 1-800-472-3377 or 715-256-1136, ext 211 for help.
Mary Patoka is president and CEO of CAP Services