Media Releases

Media Releases

The state budget signed today by Governor Walker includes needed resources to assist and protect victims of domestic violence. Victim advocates expressed gratitude to Governor Walker and legislators for these investments.

Madison—Today, with state leaders, domestic violence victim advocates and survivors on hand, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV) announced its name will now be End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin.

Madison—Advocates for victims of domestic and sexual violence joined a growing group of individuals, leaders and organizations calling for the veto of a state budget provisions that would bring bail bondsmen to Wisconsin. While the groups note there are a number of positive items for victims in the budget, they say bail bondmen would put victims at risk and jeopardize resources that support victim restitution and services.

Today, President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2013 into law. The highly anticipated signing secures needed protections and services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Madison—Domestic violence victim advocates throughout Wisconsin are spending this month, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, focusing on abusive relationships among young people.

Madison—January is National Stalking Awareness Month. With stalking playing a part in recent high-profile domestic violence homicides in Wisconsin, domestic violence advocates here say there is urgency to raising awareness about this dangerous behavior.

Madison—Patti Seger, executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV), issued the following statement regarding the shooting that occurred in Brookfield today:

“The thoughts of domestic violence victim advocates across the state go out to the victims of today’s shooting and their families.

“Today’s horrific events are a tragic demonstration of the wide and significant impact domestic violence has on Wisconsin communities.  


40 Individuals Killed Last Year in 34 Domestic Violence Incidents

Madison—The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV) released statistics related to state domestic violence homicides that took place in 2011.  Forty people were killed in 34 incidents. These totals are down from 2009 and 2010, which saw 67 and 58 deaths respectively.

This Sunday, August 26, is Women’s Equality Day, the day women were guaranteed the right to vote through passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Advocates for victims of domestic violence say the day is an appropriate time to consider both the progress made towards ending violence against women and the fact this social problem continues to seriously impact the lives of women and girls.

Patti Seger, executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV), released this statement, reacting to the Ken Kratz disciplinary hearing:

“Ken Kratz’s misconduct and abuse of power would likely still be going on today were it not for the brave and courageous women who came forward and spoke out.