Media Releases

Media Releases


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.

Madison—Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2010 Report from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). The report provides insight into the prevalence and characteristics of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence across the country, and in Wisconsin. NISVS shows that 24 people per minute are victims of physical violence, rape or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States.


Madison—The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV) called on state officials to prevent decimating proposed cuts to services for rape survivors, citing the connections between sexual assault and domestic violence.  Today, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault and a bipartisan group of nearly half of Wisconsin state legislators proposed solutions that would stabilize the availability of crisis services and support for rape victims in Wisconsin.


(Madison)—Yesterday, Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Crapo (R-ID) introduced a bipartisan bill to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).  VAWA is at the heart of the national effort to reduce and eliminate domestic and sexual violence.  Victim advocates in Wisconsin expressed excitement for the bill’s introduction and hope that Congress would act quickly to renew VAWA.

Madison—The Wisconsin State Assembly is set to take up three bills to protect crime victims and domestic violence victims in particular.  Victim advocates lauded the Assembly and lawmakers for bringing the measures forward.

“October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month,” said Patti Seger, executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV).  “There is no better time for the legislature to act on this set of legislation that will improve legal protections for victims.”

Current Law Immunizes Abusers in Other States from Restraining Order Petitions

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 29, 2011

Proposal would Silence Victims and Prevent Abusers and Sex Offenders from Being Reported

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2011

Madison—Victim advocates from across Wisconsin are calling on legislators to reject the anti-immigrant, Arizona-copycat bill that was recently introduced in the state legislature.  Advocates say the measure will make it even more unlikely that immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence will come forward to report abuse, leaving the community less safe.

Concealed Carry Bill Would Not Exempt Domestic Violence Programs or Other Sensitive Settings

Immediate Release:  May 4, 2011

Madison-The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence and other victim advocates from around the state called on legislators to insert reasonable protections for the safety of domestic violence victims, advocates, law enforcement officers and other members of the public in a bill allowing concealed firearms.