The Bridge to Hope offers FREE and confidential services to victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking in Dunn and Pepin Counties, Wisconsin. We serve victims and prevent or reduce the occurrence of such events by offering the following core services:
Our Advocate for Survivors of Sexual Assault is available to talk or meet with victims (and their families) of sexual assault and provide them with support and information. They will also meet victims at the hospital and be with her/him for the entire sexual assault nurse examination (SANE), offering support, victim-rights information, medical information pertinent to assault (STD’s, HIV, pregnancy, etc.) and reassurance. The advocate will be sure that the victim knows her rights, explain procedures, and answer any questions or concerns. They will also have a backpack with her that is packed with a change of clothes for the victim, snacks, water, toiletries, socks and slippers, and an information packet. The advocate can also support victims while reporting to law enforcement and going through the court process.
Our Legal Advocate is available to meet with victims as they weigh their legal decisions, apply for Judicare, or assist with restraining or harassment orders. They can review (or role-play) what could be expected in a court hearing, and assist the victim as they make their way through legal proceedings, accompanying them to court if they so desire.
Our Advocate for Survivors of Domestic Abuse works with victims of domestic violence, discussing their options, and educating clients as to the dynamics of abusive relationships. They can also work out a safety plan for leaving, or if the client decides to stay in the relationship, ways to be safer. The advocate works with shelter clients as they move forward to obtain their own apartments, find employment or education, furniture, food, and medical care. They accompany the victim to meetings with other agencies as needed.
Our Youth and Family Advocate works with the children in domestic violence and sexual assault situations, helping them to devise safety plans, to express their feelings, and to help them understand it is not their fault, and they are not alone. They can also provide information on parenting skills, as well as referrals.
*Dunn County is very large geographically, and we are available to all victims, regardless of which corner of the county they live in. We are willing to travel to meet with any victim, in a safe location.
The Bridge to Hope offers on-going weekly support groups. Our support group leaders do an excellent job of combining an education/information component to the group along with the supportive group aspect.
Healing from Trauma: Thursdays; 5:00-6:00pm at The Bridge to Hope
Kids Connections: Thursdays; 5:00-6:00pm at The Bridge to Hope
LGBTQ+ Connections: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month; 5:30-6:30pm at First Congregational UCC in Menomonie, in Room 5 in the basement of the church.