GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Domestic violence incidents continue to rise in Brown County. One group that works to help these victims is Golden House. In 2021 alone, it provided emergency shelter and support to over 4,700 victims. His phones answered more than 6,700 calls to the helpline.
These staggering statistics are part of why Golden House launched a $9.4 million capital campaign to raise money for a new facility and support services. As of Wednesday, $7 million had already been raised by individuals and local organizations.
“I’ve been there. You seem lost and there’s no end in sight,” Amanda Boeder said. She first came to Golden House 20 years ago as a victim. was trying to get a restraining order against my abuser. My lawyer at Golden House went to all of my hearings. She sat with me and held my hand as I cried and had to face my attacker.
Now, Boeder spends his time giving back, letting other victims of domestic violence know there is a way out.
“I want to be an example that I followed my heart and said ‘enough, I’m done with that,'” Boeder said.
Green Bay police said in Brown County alone in 2021, they have been called for more than 869 incidents of domestic violence.
“What officers find is that they continually respond to domestic incidents that can range from a verbal argument to a possible physical altercation,” said Green Bay Police Commander Kevin Warych.
It’s a troubling trend that Warych says is only getting worse.
“There have been some very tragic incidents here in the city of Green Bay,” he said. “Some of these homicides were related to domestic violence.”
The Executive Director of Golden House understands the need for help.
“I think when people think of Golden House, they think of the shelter. (The reality is) shelter is only about 25% of the work we do,” Cheeia Lo said.
Lo says it’s time for a new home.
“The problem with domestic violence is that it can affect anyone. It can be your neighbor, it can be your sister,” Lo added.
It’s a new start, in more ways than one.
“I’ve been through so much and wouldn’t be able to be who I am today without them,” Boeder said.
Construction of the new building is expected to begin in the fall of 2022, which is expected to take nine months to a year. The goal is to move into the 34,000 square foot building by fall 2023.
During construction, Golden House will continue to provide care and safe emergency shelter on the west side of Green Bay. Outreach services will be available by appointment or walk-in at offices provided by Bellin Health. Golden House says both sites have security measures in place to keep things private and safe.
If you want to know more about the new building, how to donate or the services provided, you can visit the Golden House website.