The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence Statement on Ken Kratz Hearing

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. 

“Today’s hearing has been a long time coming. Even after his outrageous conduct came to light, for many months, it appeared Ken Kratz would not face accountability in a professional disciplinary proceeding.  

“The Wisconsin Supreme Court has final say over Kratz’s punishment. The Justices need to carefully consider the negative statewide and national impact of his misdeeds. Kratz was sworn to protect the vulnerable. Instead, he caused victims in Calumet County and beyond to question their faith in the justice system. 

“Kratz has recently said that he has suffered enough for his wrongdoing. Victims and advocates would be more likely to accept Kratz’s statements of contrition if, instead of minimizing his egregious conduct and dwelling on how he has been personally affected, he demonstrated an genuine understanding of how his actions affected others.” 

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.