Providing access to services for all victims of domestic violence is everyday work for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (WCADV). In order to accomplish this we work closely with local domestic violence programs and their staff throughout the state. We want to improve the effectiveness of services to all, and these efforts specifically address the needs of individuals and/or groups that are underserved in Wisconsin.
Meeting victims’ needs is far more difficult when their access to rights and services is complicated by factors such as geographic isolation, language barriers, ethnic and cultural intolerance, disability, immigration status, heterosexism, agism and/or lack of appropriate social supports.
In our work to promote provision of comprehensive and effective services, we have developed an Accessability Toolkit, along with a companion training, to offer insights into the challenges faced by underserved victims, survivors populations in accessing services in the Language of their preference. The toolkit promotes strategies for implemntation by service providers to ensure that every domestic violence victim has access to confidential and safe services.