Media Releases

Media Releases

(Madison)—Today, with a party-line vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that rolls back critical protections for victims of domestic violence. The vote is part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization process.


Madison—April 22, 2012, begins National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time to honor crime victims and our nation’s progress in advancing their rights. This year’s theme—Extending the Vision: Reaching Every Victim—celebrates the vision behind that progress and the ideal of serving all victims of crime. The vision that launched the victims’ rights movement emerged more than 30 years ago and continues to this day.


Madison—Thursday, Governor Walker signed the Wisconsin Crime Victim Rights Preservation Act and other safety bills at Golden House Domestic Abuse Program and Shelter in Green Bay.  Advocates for crime victims praised the measure and were thankful that the timing of the signing coincided with the run-up to National Crime Victim Rights Week, which is April 22 to 28.

Madison—Today,Governor Walker signed a number of bills to improve the safety of domestic violence victims and the public at events in Milwaukee, Eau Claire and Madison. Victim advocates hailed the changes.

One bill allows victims of stalking or abuse to change their names confidentially.  Under current law, all name change petitions must be published in the local newspaper as legal notices on three occasions, meaning new names can be easily accessed by stalkers and abusers.

Madison--Today, the state Senate passed the Wisconsin Crime Victim Rights Restoration Act and a bill that permits domestic violence and stalking victims to legally change their names confidentially.  Victim advocates praised the both actions.

Madison—Today, the state Senate approved two bills that victim advocates say will make it easier for domestic violence victims to participate in the criminal justice system and hold perpetrators accountable. While advocates praised the Senate’s actions, they also urged passage of important measures to preserve crime victim rights and to prevent inter-state stalking and abuse.

Madison—The state Senate approved a measure Tuesday that will enhance the safety of domestic violence victims in Wisconsin. The bill, Assembly Bill 269, closes loopholes in no-contact conditions that apply at arrest and after conviction.  Senate passage was the last step for the bill before moving to the Governor’s desk.

Victim advocates praised the legislation’s advancement.

Madison—Victim advocates acrossWisconsin are set to ramp up prevention efforts to curb intimate partner violence among young people.  February marks the third-ever Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.


Madison—Today, a bill to give Wisconsin courts jurisdiction over inter-state stalking, harassment and domestic abuse restraining order cases was favorably voted out of a state Senate committee.  Advocates praised the committee’s action and expressed hope that the full Senate would pass the measure this month, which is Stalking Awareness Month.


Madison—The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV) announced its award of a promising grant from the Allstate Foundation.  The Moving Ahead Financial Empowerment Grant will allow WCADV to continue and expand programs across Wisconsin that are designed to reduce the financial insecurity that keeps many victims tied to abusers.