Madison—Patti Seger, executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV), issued the following statement reacting to the news that Patricia (Trish) Waschbisch, 45, of Peshtigo was killed in an apparent domestic violence homicide. Waschbisch was the Interim Director of Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services in Marinette and a longtime domestic violence victim advocate.
“Domestic violence victim advocates across Wisconsin have heavy hearts and deeply mourn the loss of Trish Waschbisch,” said Seger. “Trish was a strong and dedicated advocate. She had the respect of her colleagues and fellow community members. The positive impact of her life’s work is beyond measure. She was tireless in her efforts to keep countless victims safe. While Trish is irreplaceable, we will continue that work in her memory.”
“This incident is an incredibly sad and tragic reminder that domestic violence can affect anyone,” Seger continued. “Whenever there is a domestic violence homicide, other victims often feel added terror and fear. Many victims are likely questioning if anyone can be safe. The most important step a victim can take to increase her or his safety is to overcome the isolation that accompanies abuse. Reach out to trusted family members or friends. Call the local domestic violence victim service provider—just to talk, if nothing else.”
Individuals who are in danger should know there is help available, in Marinette County and across the state. Victims can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline number at 1−800−799−SAFE(7233) or visit http://www.wcadv.org/gethelp for a list of Wisconsin domestic violence victim service providers in their area.
“We don’t know any details, but sometimes people who are the leaders or helpers in their communities are the most isolated; they feel unable to come forward to get help for themselves,” Seger said. “At times like these, many ask why the victim didn’t leave, but the question should be: why did the perpetrator kill someone he professed to care about? There is a domestic violence homicide in Wisconsin almost every week. Instead of being fixated on victims’ reactions to abuse, we need to focus on the behaviors, attitudes and beliefs of perpetrators.”
Source: Press Release – WI Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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