Community takes pledge to end domestic violence with new partnership

By WSAW News 

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- Portage County residents came together Thursday to celebrate a new partnership to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

The group met at UW-Stevens Point to discuss a brand new domestic abuse response team that will help streamline the process for helping victims and holding offenders accountable.

It's part of the community coordinated response team with the goal of creating a violence free community.

"We recognize the need to put on paper and formally commit to specific strategies and practices to work together and make sure that we're doing our best by victims and survivors in the community," said Assistant Director of CAP services Jane Benzschawel.

"It says a lot about how united we are and standing up to domestic abuse and sexual assault and giving victims and survivors the resources they need to see their perpetrator come to justice- as well as to heal," said Assembly District 71 Representative Katrina Shankland.

Lawmakers, law enforcement and students all took a pledge to end domestic violence and sexual assault.