Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services provides shelter and advocacy for survivors in North Eastern Wisconsin.
Rainbow House has had a long and colorful history. In 1978, a group of women concerned with the increase of domestic violence came together and formed a task force to pursue the development of a program. In 1980, the “Rape and Domestic Violence Center” came into being as part of Marinette County Government. At that time, services consisted of an office and several “safe homes”.
We continue to server victims today, through providing prevention, education, and information to communities, families, and schools.
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 to the cause, we dedicated the building in Trish’s memory. While our organization remains the Rainbow House, our shelter building proper is now known as”The Patricia J. Waschbisch Center Against Domestic Violence”. Trish remains the heart of our cause. We carry on her mission to bring an end to suffering and violence.