Community Baby Shower to provide supplies to abuse victims

30,000 domestic abuse incidents reported each year

Each year, about 30,000 domestic abuse incidents are reported to Wisconsin Law Enforcement agencies.
 
The Women's Center in Waukesha is one of many area organizations that provide support for victims of abuse. TODAY'S TMJ4 anchor Susan Kim serves on the board of the Women's Center, and she is host of the TODAY'S TMJ4 Community Baby Shower.
 
The Shower provides much-needed baby supplies for victims who stay at the Women's Center.
 
The Center serves as a safe haven for women while they are looking for a more permanent place to call home.
Jessica Trauth is the director of transitional housing. She said stay times vary.
 
"Our transitional living program is a two year program so folks can stay with us up to two years," she said.
 
Trauth said one of the most volatile times in a relationship for a woman is when she is pregnant.
 
"There's an increased risk of abuse and heightened violence at that time so if a woman is making the decision to leave at that time it's so important that we have those necessities and baby care items for them," she said.
 
Items that are so desperately needed. 
 
"The highest demand would be the diapers and wipes but pacifiers, bottles, some formula and anything, right now, especially warm clothing and things to bundle baby up," said Diane Ripple, director of programs and services.
 
The Women's Center touches the lives of more than 12,000 people in Waukesha County. There is a huge need for safety, shelter and support for moms and children.
 
"There's a lot of people in your community that are in need," Ripple said. "You may not know them personally, but I can assure you any donation you make will be appreciated by the people receiving it."
 
The Women's Center has a 24-hour hotline. The number is (262) 542-3828. 
 
You can donate much-needed baby items at the 14th annual TODAY'S TMJ4 Community Baby Shower. It is Friday, January 22, 2016. Drop off items at any local Sentry food store. All donations stay local.
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