Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence to now be: End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

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.

“Our new name aligns our identity with our mission,” said Patti Seger, executive director of the organization. “As Wisconsin’s voice for survivors and a membership organization comprised of advocates from across the state, working towards the end of domestic abuse in Wisconsin is the imperative that drives us.”

WCADV, now End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, has a 35-year history of advancing the interests of domestic violence victims and survivors by supporting local services and shelters, changing laws and policies and engaging communities around the state to end domestic abuse.

“When the first domestic violence shelters and service providers were created in the late 1970’s, local advocates realized that they needed to act on the state level, said Seger. “Since then, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Women Abuse, later WCADV, has been a catalyst for positive changes, such as the empowerment of survivors, expanded legal options for victims, the existence of victim services in all Wisconsin’s 72 counties and a focus on promoting healthy relationships and equality.”

Seger continued, “The change to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin in part signifies the reality that the next stage of progress on this issue requires the active commitment of the entire state. Domestic abuse is not the problem of victim advocates, social workers, police or judges. It is a social problem that is much bigger than any group or profession—we all must be part of the solution. Our new name is a call for all to be engaged.”

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.