No Hit Zone

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is proud to announce that the District Attorney’s Office, including its public lobbies, is now a No Hit Zone. The No Hit Zone initiative stems from the District Attorney’s Office commitment to reducing the use of corporal punishment to discipline children because of the proven negative outcomes associated with such punishments. Today, we know, corporal punishment of children puts children at risk of developing increased aggression, antisocial behavior, and mental health problems as well as physical injury. Ending the use of corporal punishment will reduce the risk that any given child will suffer child abuse, or engage in criminal conduct as an adult or juvenile.

No Hit Zones represent an explicit and public call to all people in those environments to refrain from the use of violence. The purpose of the Dane County District Attorney’s Office No Hit Zone is to create and reinforce an environment of safety and comfort for all people who come into the District Attorney’s Office and its public spaces. The District Attorney’s Office invites other agencies, businesses, schools and families to decide that they, too, want to live, work and learn in No Hit Zones.

With this commitment in mind, the Dane County District Attorney’s Office joins children’s hospitals across the country, such as the University of Louisville-Kosair Children’s Hospital, University of Michigan - C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Children’s Mercy Hospitals in Kansas, and Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI, in establishing a safe and violence free zone, especially for children, with the introduction of the No Hit Zone.

No Hit Zone Initiative Update

Since starting the No Hit Zone in 2014, the District Attorney's Office has been part of discussions throughout the community about the general impact of corporal punishment and providing more information to community partners about No Hit Zones. Recently, the City of Stoughton has become the first city to be a No Hit Zone, and UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital has launched its very own initiative, Hitting Hurts, which includes turning all UW Health facilities into No Hit Zones.

District Attorney Ismael Ozanne provided this statement in support of the expansion of No Hit Zones and the promotion of positive and non-violent parenting in greater Dane County:

Ismael Ozanne: Why I care about corporal punishment

Local Resources

Center For Families

Family Resource Center

Family Service Madison

Office of Child Care and Family Resources at UW Madison

The Rainbow Project

UW Health

We would like to extend special thanks to the University of Louisville for lending their expertise and materials for furthering No Hit Zones.