State Budget Includes Needed Support for Victims

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.

“The additional funding for services is a lifeline for victims and children in Wisconsin,” said Patti Seger. “More victims will get the help they need to escape abusive situations.”

The state budget includes an additional $1.5 million over the next two years to support the availability of shelters and services across Wisconsin. On a single day, approximately 270 victims are currently unable to get assistance because of funding shortages. The budget also contains capital funding for two domestic violence shelters and service centers in Wisconsin to address a critical shortage of refuge space. The capital projects need final approval from the State Building Commission.

“We thank Governor Walker for prioritizing funding for victim services in his budget and thank the members of the Legislature for extending the reach of the additional investments,” said Seger. “In particular, we thank Rep. Nygren and Sen. Olsen, the other members of the Joint Finance Committee, Reps. Loudenbeck and Suder, and the many individual legislators who saw the value in promoting victim safety.”

Advocates also Applaud Veto of Bondsmen

Victim advocates were also paying special attention to the budget provision that would have permitted bail bondsmen in Wisconsin. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin said the change in policy would have increased risks to victims and diverted funds to bondsmen that otherwise go to victim restitution and services.

“We are very grateful and pleased that Governor Walker vetoed bail bondsmen in Wisconsin,” said Seger. “Bondsmen would have sent our criminal justice system backwards and created unnecessary risks and problems for victims.”



Selected Resources

Voting Guide for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Advocates

This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With the passage of the Wisconsin photo ID voting law, there is a lot of confusion about who can vote and how they can vote.  The guide explains how survivors can register to vote and ensure they have the proper documentation to vote.   In this volatile political climate and budgetary climate, we need survivors’ voices and participation at the ballot box now more than ever.   

Hope. Vision. Future. A Plan for Providing Services to Domestic Violence Victims in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse has created a long-range plan for serving Domestic Abuse victims. This document includes an overview of Wisconsin Domestic Abuse Programs, including statistics, services, populations served, and a financial picture. Recommendations address the issues of Economic Justice, Financial Self- Sufficiency, Housing, Legal assistance and Primary Prevention.

2011-2012 Legislative Agenda
WCADV and WCASA Milwaukee Sick Pay Brief

Domestic and sexual violence take a tremendous toll on public health and safety in Milwaukee. This brief, filed by WCADV and WCASA, supports the Milwaukee Paid Sick Days Ordinance which permits victims paid leave to obtain services from these organizations.

2013-2014 Legislative Agenda
Changes to Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance for DV Victims - Dec 2009

WCADV Policy Development Coordinator, Tony Gibart, offers the following summary of how Wisconsin unemployment statutes have changed in response to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

DCF Brochure about Domestic Violence and W-2

This brochure from the Department of Children and Families explains some of the resources and protections available to W-2 participants who are or were victims of domestic violence.  It is to be given to all W-2 applicants and participants. Hmong and Spanish versions are also available. 

Fact Sheets Related to Brookfield Shooting

These two fact sheets cover topics that were implicated by the shootings at a Brookfield, Wisconsin salon on Sunday, October 21, 2012.  They address (1) domestic violence and the workplace and (2) restraining orders and firearm surrender.