Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Every October, we work hard to raise awareness within our community, educate about domestic violence, and to show support and solidarity with survivors. Learn more about what this month is all about and our efforts to observe it below.

Purple River Lights in Phoenix Park

We are thrilled to once again be lighting the River Lights of the Phoenix Park Bridge in purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month! This is our third annual lighting of the bridge, and we are once again looking for sponsors to help make this happen. Reach out at 715-834-9578 to learn more or fill out this form to become a sponsor.


Day of Unity - OCT. 6th

October 6th is the Day of Unity. This is a day where we honor the sacrifice of Officer Robert Bolton, our namesake. In honor of the Day of Unity, we have created two videos in an effort to preserve the history and evolution of Bolton Refuge House services and the social change around domestic violence, both locally and nationally. 

Phase one: History and Context

Phase Two: Firsthand Accounts

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Day of Unity
Star Walk

October 6th, 2022

6 P.M.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Officer Robert Bolton's passing. Join us this Day of Unity in remembering Bob Bolton, as well as the other victims of domestic violence homicides in Wisconsin.

Along the River Walk in Phoenix Park, we will be placing stars with the names of victims. If you would like to sponsor a star (1 star for $35, 2 stars for $60 or 3 stars for $100) please reach out at 715-834-9578 or volunteer@boltonrefuge.org

On October 6th at 6 P.M., we will be holding a brief ceremony to dedicate the Star Walk to Robert Bolton and all victims of domestic violence. Join us near the Phoenix Park footbridge as we say a few words, lay candles, and hold a moment of silence. Event will be televised. View the Facebook Event here.

In 2021, there were at least 80 deaths as a result of domestic violence. Though we only have stars to honor 20, we recognize that each individual deserves to be remembered and have their story told. Please take a look at End Abuse's 2021 Homicide Report to see the full list of victims in 2021, along with context and statistics. 


Purple Porch Project

Enter for the chance to win a gift basket by submitting a photo of your decorations, either by sharing on our Facebook page or by emailing volunteer@boltonrefuge.org

Purple Porch Project
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Every October, we encourage local community members and businesses to decorate their front porches and lawns in purple, the color of Domestic Violence Awareness!

We are so excited to see your creativity!