GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - In the wake of two domestic violence related crimes in northeast Wisconsin this week, victim advocates say it highlights the need for people to know about available resources.
"We're often reminded that domestic violence is not a one-gender crime," says Golden House Executive Director Karen Faulkner. "Violence can happen in any relationship fraught with domestic issues."
43-year-old Tricia Phillips is charged with first-degree intentional homicide after fatally shooting her boyfriend, 46-year-old David Rosenberg in a Howard apartment. A criminal complaint states that Phillips shot Rosenberg after he began choking her following an argument.
In Oshkosh, a 40-year-old woman was arrested Friday night for allegedly stabbing her husband in the arm after a domestic dispute.
Faulkner says many more incidents of domestic violence go un-noticed if they don't make the news. But the message that help is available needs to be in the headlines.
"In any situation where people feel unsafe in their home or in their relationship, what we really try to encourage is people come in and talk to an advocate and develop a safety plan," says Faulkner. "We want to help people think through all the different options available to them."
Faulkner says that includes the need for shelter, legal remedies or small things to get them help quickly.
If you know of someone who's in trouble, but are unsure of how to help, Faulkner recommends just talking to them.
"It is uncomfortable to say something, but often making a comment and just reminding people that you're there to listen if they need someone to listen," says Faulkner. "And that you know of resources in the community where there are advocates available to them. Let them know you're around and available for them can make the difference in someone speaking up about the violence that's happening in their life."