Media Releases

08/27/2014 - 2:31pm

Madison - The Wisconsin Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse and End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin released a long range plan for domestic violence victim services in Wisconsin today. The plan titled, “Vision. Hope. Safety.,” describes the state of services for victims of domestic violence and urges adequate investment in critical, community-based service providers.

“While close to 40,000 victims and children get lifesaving help every year, approximately 250 requests for help from victims go unmet every day in Wisconsin because shelters and service providers do not have adequate capacity,” said Renee Schulz-Stangl, chair of the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse and director of a local service provider. “Abuse costs the state dozens of lives and millions of dollars each year. There are proven organizations throughout Wisconsin that help victims end ongoing violence. A relatively small investment in services for victims will spare our communities the human and financial costs of unchecked abuse.”

The Plan emphasizes the need to maintain and expand the network of shelters and service providers that currently exists in Wisconsin. It also sets five other specific priority areas for investment: services to children and youth; outreach to victims and communities; services led by culturally-specific and LBGT communities; resources for civil legal representation; and, investment in promising homicide prevention strategies. The Plan is intended to guide state and local governments, non-governmental funding and the victim advocacy field until 2020. Advocates say they will continue to listen to survivors and communities over the next six years to make sure the Plan is up-to-date and reflective of the needs.

“The Plan makes clear that domestic violence is a statewide issue of pressing importance,” said Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “The public recognizes this fact. Approximately half of the investment in domestic violence victim services comes from non-governmental sources, and much of this funding is from individual contributors. Now, we need both the public and private sectors to work to meet the full need, so that every victim and every child affected by domestic violence has a helping hand and the opportunity to be safe.”

The Plan was released at news conferences in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Marshfield and Milwaukee.                                                                                                    

The Plan can be accessed and explored at:


07/30/2014 - 10:33am

Madison—Today, the United States Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on protecting women from gun violence. Two of the five speakers, Elvin Daniel and Racine County Sheriff Chris Schmaling, have Wisconsin connections. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (End Abuse) praised Mr. Daniel and Sheriff Schmaling for speaking out and telling Congress to take commonsense steps to prevent domestic violence homicides.

04/16/2014 - 7:17pm

Milwaukee—With survivors and advocates present, Governor Walker signed three bills on Wednesday to improve the state’s response to domestic violence.

03/18/2014 - 4:36pm

MADISON – End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin celebrated today as the State Senate passed a slew of bills to better protect victims of abuse.

03/05/2014 - 4:38pm

New report suggests violence is an economic barrier for women

MADISON—This Saturday is International Women’s Day, a day that has been celebrated for over one-hundred years to recognize and to further the advancement of women around the world. Advocates for victims of domestic violence are using the occasion to call attention to a new report that links violence against women with economic insecurity. Advocates say ending violence and improving the economic status of women go hand in hand.

02/27/2014 - 1:25pm

Madison—The SAFE Act came one step closer to final passage by the State Legislature today as a key Senate committee unanimously recommended approval of the bill. The legislation would implement model court procedures to verify that domestic and child abusers with restraining orders surrender their firearms in compliance with a current law.

02/18/2014 - 7:53pm

MADISON – On Tuesday night, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin celebrated the State Assembly’s passage of Assembly Bill 464, known as the SAFE Act.

02/13/2014 - 9:35pm

MADISON – End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin offered praise for several bills passed by the State Assembly Thursday night. A vote on the priority piece of legislation for domestic abuse victims, the SAFE Act, is scheduled for Tuesday.

11/04/2013 - 5:49pm

Wisconsin Dells—The three statewide anti-domestic and sexual violence groups have brought together advocates, law enforcement officers, attorneys, health care providers and many others for a major conference at the Kalahari Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells. The conference—entitled “Transform the Conversation: Explore. Expand. Create.”—is taking place today and tomorrow.

09/30/2013 - 10:23am

89 Domestic Violence Deaths in State in 2011 to 2012

Madison— End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (formerly the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence) released a report today documenting the domestic violence fatalities in Wisconsin for the years 2011 and 2012. The release comes one day before the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The group says it hopes the statistics and stories prompt more people to become more active in the effort to prevent abuse.