About Us



The HOPE Domestic Violence Homicide Help website came about as a project of Rainbow House’s personal experience.  Rainbow House is a Domestic Violence Shelter serving a three-county area in North East Wisconsin.

On April 28th, 2013, our long-term Legal Advocate and Interim Director, Patricia Waschbisch, was murdered by her boyfriend.  In honor of her tireless commitment, we dedicated our work in Trish’s memory.    A link to this tragic story and her profound contribution can be found below.  Trish remains the heart of our cause.  We carry on her mission to bring an end to suffering and violence.

Members of our community ranging from Law Enforcement, Coroner, Victim Witness, Clergy, School Counselors, Child Protective Services, Media, Advocates, and Family Members who had lost a Loved One to Domestic Violence all came together to create an alliance.  Our community Domestic Violence Homicide Response Team undertook this project in response to an unmet need.

a-brave-voicePatricia Waschbisch

Team Photo

Domestic Violence Homicide Response Team

(Pictured Left to right:  BACK ROW:  Nancy Tessmer, Marinette Coroner’s Office, Sarah Rabideau, United Way, Lt. Pete Springer, Marinette PD, Investigator Darren Laskowski, Oconto County Sheriff, Bradley Weber, Rainbow House Board Member, Jessica Honish, Lead Advocate, Rainbow House FRONT ROW:  Christine Dionne, Advisory Member, Courtney Olson, Executive Director Rainbow House, Tamara Leanna – Menominee Count Sheriff’s Victim’s Service Unit (not pictured – Shannon Sexton, Rainbow House Youth Advocate)

“We form a circle of hope.
We pass the flame to one another.
If my candle goes out, yours will light it.
Together we make a brighter light…
And each candle promises something of its own: that darkness is not the last word.”

– D. McCauley
American Friends Service Committee


PO Box 1172, Marinette, WI  54143 ~ (800) 956-6656
1530 Main St., Marinette, WI  54143 ~ (715) 735-6656  Fax: (715) 735-7293
1201 Main St., Oconto, WI  54153 ~ (920) 834-5299  Fax: (920) 834-5330