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Milwaukee—With survivors and advocates present, Governor Walker signed three bills on Wednesday to improve the state’s response to domestic violence.


The SAFE (Stopping Abuse Fatalities through Enforcement) Act will require courts to verify that violent offenders surrender their firearms in accordance with a longstanding law in Wisconsin. The measure has been sought for several years, after a 2008 study found the vast majority of counties did not actively enforce the surrender requirement.

“The SAFE Act will save lives,” said Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “We know a gun makes an abuser more dangerous and more lethal. Moving forward, Wisconsin will be actively disarming known batterers and child abusers.”

Assembly Bill 176

Another piece of legislation, Assembly Bill 176, makes a number of other changes to Wisconsin’s restraining order statutes. The bill will add stalking to the definition of domestic abuse and give child victims better privacy protections.

“Stalking in domestic violence cases is one of the greatest indicators of high risk,” said Seger. “Wisconsin’s law will now reflect that reality.”

Earlier, Governor Walker signed AB 707 into law, which will provide for longer-term restraining orders in certain circumstances.

Senate Bill 160

The third bill, Senate Bill 160, will ensure that law enforcement officers refer victims to services after law enforcement responds to the scene of domestic violence incidents.

“We know that seeking services from a domestic violence advocate can be one of the most significant steps a victim can take to improve his or her safety,” said Seger. “This bill will help break down the isolation and fear that allow abuse to thrive.

“We extend deep thanks to the authors of these bills: Representatives Bies, Jacque, Rodriguez, Berceau, Sprios, Kerkman and Bernard Schaber; and Senators Petrowski, Lazich, Taylor, Gudex and Ellis. Even more importantly, we thank the many survivors who shared their stories. They helped build understanding and support for these needed changes. We also appreciate that Governor Walker took the time to meet and hear from many of these survivors today before signing the legislation,” concluded Seger.  


MADISON – End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin celebrated today as the State Senate passed a slew of bills to better protect victims of abuse.

New report suggests violence is an economic barrier for women

MADISON—This Saturday is International Women’s Day, a day that has been celebrated for over one-hundred years to recognize and to further the advancement of women around the world. Advocates for victims of domestic violence are using the occasion to call attention to a new report that links violence against women with economic insecurity. Advocates say ending violence and improving the economic status of women go hand in hand.

Madison—The SAFE Act came one step closer to final passage by the State Legislature today as a key Senate committee unanimously recommended approval of the bill. The legislation would implement model court procedures to verify that domestic and child abusers with restraining orders surrender their firearms in compliance with a current law.

MADISON – On Tuesday night, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin celebrated the State Assembly’s passage of Assembly Bill 464, known as the SAFE Act.

MADISON – End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin offered praise for several bills passed by the State Assembly Thursday night. A vote on the priority piece of legislation for domestic abuse victims, the SAFE Act, is scheduled for Tuesday.

Wisconsin Dells—The three statewide anti-domestic and sexual violence groups have brought together advocates, law enforcement officers, attorneys, health care providers and many others for a major conference at the Kalahari Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells. The conference—entitled “Transform the Conversation: Explore. Expand. Create.”—is taking place today and tomorrow.

89 Domestic Violence Deaths in State in 2011 to 2012

Madison— End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (formerly the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence) released a report today documenting the domestic violence fatalities in Wisconsin for the years 2011 and 2012. The release comes one day before the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The group says it hopes the statistics and stories prompt more people to become more active in the effort to prevent abuse.

Madison - End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (End Abuse), formerly known as the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence, will be hosting the eighth annual "Together We Can End Domestic Violence" luncheon on October 3rd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Monona Terrace in Madison. The luncheon will be a celebration of End Abuse’s 35-year history of advocating for victims of domestic violence in Wisconsin.

Madison—The three statewide anti-domestic and sexual violence groups announced they will be holding a joint event in November to mobilize and educate advocates, professionals and survivors. The conference—entitled “Transform the Conversation: Explore. Expand. Create.”—will be the largest such gathering in Wisconsin in at least the last five years.