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

Domestic Violence Homicide Response Team

(Pictured Left to right:  Back Row: Marinette County Detective-Craig Kasten, Oconto First Presbyterian Pastor – Craig Alwin, Marinette County Victim Witness Coordinator – Mary Falkenberg, Marinette County Health and Human Services Director – Robin Elsner
Front Row: Marinette County Deputy Coroner – Nancy Tessmer, Hope Homicide Team Leader – Courtney Olson, Menominee Victim Services Unit Volunteer – Tamara Leanna, Hope Homicide Team Team Leader-Jessica Honish

“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