Legislative Alerts

March 17, 2014 - 4:57pm
January 2, 2014 - 4:36pm

You may remember that at the beginning of 2013 we had a tremendous victory when Congress passed a strong VAWA reauthorization. As we start 2014, that success is being undermined by the sequester and by funding cuts that are rolling back our progress and jeopardizing the safety of victims.

December 13, 2013 - 5:49pm

Unanimous Vote to Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Domestic Abusers. Legislators need to make this bill a priority for January session.

November 18, 2013 - 11:51am

Your Voice is Needed to Prevent Domestic Violence Homicides. Tell your State Representative to Support the SAFE Act. 

September 23, 2013 - 12:55pm

Legislation Introduced to Keep Guns Out of the Hands of Domestic Abusers

Call or Email Your Legislators Now

July 26, 2013 - 9:25am

Please call your state representatives and ask him or her to oppose AB 211, which would effectively eliminate the best interests of the child standard in custody cases.

July 3, 2013 - 1:15pm

The headlines about budget cuts and “sequestration” aren’t telling the real story of what is happening in our communities, to victims of domestic and sexual violence, and to the anti-violence programs that serve them.

Congress needs to hear from you: funding cuts are gutting services for victims and endangering women’s lives!

June 3, 2013 - 10:09pm

The State Senate is about to begin considering a bill that would allow lease provisions like this:

If a crime occurs on the property, even if the tenant is the victim of the crime and could not have prevented the crime, the landlord may evict the tenant.

Obviously, this bill would have a horrible silencing effect on domestic violence victims, who would have to consider whether a call to the police for help will cause them to be kicked out of their homes.

June 24, 2013 - 4:47pm

The use of bail bondsmen in Wisconsin is wrong for victims. Bondsmen allow dangerous offenders out of jail, with the defendant being required to only pay 10% of the bond or less. And, bond money will go to the bondsmen—not to victims for restitution and services.

Sign the Petition

April 11, 2013 - 3:52pm

With a couple of quick phone calls, you can make a huge difference by urging your state legislators to co-sponsor four bills to protect domestic violence victims.

Please call your state legislators and ask them to "co-sponsor LRB 558, LRB 588, LRB 720 and LRB 1191."


April 4, 2013 - 9:48pm

From Mayors Against Illegal Guns: 

I just don’t want to die.” That’s what my sister Zina said when she asked a judge for a restraining order against her disturbed and abusive husband.

March 26, 2013 - 5:10pm

Today, domestic violence advocates from around the country will be joined by countless others to demand that Congress pass a plan to reduce gun violence in America. Simply put, background checks on gun sales will save the lives of many domestic violence victims. It's up to us to make sure Congress includes this crucial provision in the law.

Source: Mayor's Against Illegal Guns

Call Senators Baldwin and Johnson today.  

All you have to say is, "commonsense gun reform including comprehensive and enforceable background checks on gun sales will save the lives of domestic violence victims. I urge the Senator to support comprehensive and enforceable background checks on gun sales."

Baldwin: (202) 224-5653

Johnson: (202) 224-5323

Thank you for taking action!

March 12, 2013 - 1:18pm

WCADV is part of the Wisconsin Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (WNIRR). There are many similarities between the victory of achieving a strong VAWA reauthorization and the hopefully successful push for comprehensive immigration reform. In fact, protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence were a source of contention in Congress during the reauthorization process. WINRR just sent this action alert drawing the connections between VAWA and comprehensive immigration reform and asking folks to express their disappointment with Sen. Johnson for his NO vote on VAWA. Please see below and take action today.

March 13, 2013 - 10:54am

Please forward widely!

As early as today, the Senate will vote on a funding bill that covers the full function of the federal government for fiscal year 2013.  Senator Harkin (D-IA) has introduced an amendment to the funding bill that will increase funding for domestic violence shelters and programs and the National Domestic Violence Hotline by $6.6 million.  Call your Senators today and urge them to “VOTE YES on the Harkin Amendment.” 

February 26, 2013 - 3:05pm

UPDATE: As a result of your efforts, House leadership has agreed to schedule a vote on S. 47, the Senate version of VAWA that protects all victims, if the House version does not obtain a majority. This means victory is within reach! Call your Congress Person today with a simple message!