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Resources and Publications

DCF Report 2012-13 Hard Copy

Use this form to collect your data and prepare your report before submitting it electronically. For questions about what to report, please contact Sharon Lewandowski, 608-266-0700. For help with generating data from Alice, contact Vicki at the End Abuse office: 608-255-0539.

Disability Rights Wisconsin

Disability Rights Wisconsin is the state's protection and advocacy agency. DRW provides advocacy and legal services for persons with developmetnal disabilities, serious mental illness or physical/sensory disabilities. www.disabilityrightswi.org

Domestic Violence Homicide Response Plan

WCADV’s Homicide Response Plan was developed by a workgroup comprised of Executive Directors fromdomestic violence and dual programs who came together as a result of experiencing andresponding to domestic violence homicides in their own communities. Our objective with thisdocument is to provide a framework for programs and their communities to develop a plan thatwill provide guidance in responding to a domestic violence homicide, whether the victim hadbeen a client or not. We hope to assist communities in responding in a supportive andcollaborative manner that encourages the further growth of their commitment to working together to end violence. 

Donor Newsletter Winter 2013
Education Journal 22:2 Addressing the Health Consequences of Domestic Violence

This issue is about health care response to domestic violence.

Elder Abuse, Neglect and Family Violence: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

As a health care professional, you are not expected to “fix” or solve elder abuse, but you do have an opportunity to ask screening questions about family violence, listen to the patient and acknowledge her story, help break the patient’s isolation, offer support, talk about safety and connect the patient with local resources. For some victims, a health care provider may be the only professional contact and opportunity they have to disclose fears and seek help to break the isolation often associated with abuse.

Created by WCADV in collaboration with the Wisconsin Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources (2009 revision)

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.   

FAQs - Domestic Violence and Health Care

Frequently Asked Questions about Domestic Violence and Health Care.

Get Money, Get Safe

This web page, designed by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is intended to help survivors and advocates find resources and information about seeking economic assistance and security. Some of the resources are specific to Washington State but much of it is helpful to anyone.
Get Money, Get Safe website

Grant-making toolkit on LGBTQ communities of color

Funders for LGBTQ Issues launched a historic, online resource to help grantmakers understand the critical issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ) communities of color. This toolkit includes a range of original funder tools, perspectives from foundation and nonprofit leaders in the field, related publications and much more. We hope to enhance the philanthropic conversation on opportunity, diversity and equity.
http://www.lgbtracialequity.org/

Growing Together Focus Groups on Domestic Violence and Mother-Child Relationships

In 2011, WCADV conducted six adult and two youth focus groups at DV programs in eight locations around Wisconsin. The purpose of these groups was to understand more about how DV has affected mother-child relationships and learn more about what these mothers and children need from DV programs. The focus grops were supplemented with information gathered from children in support groups in local domestic violence programs.  Here are the final reports from the focus groups and the children’s support groups.

Guide to Training New Children and Youth Advocates

The guide offers an introduction to the basic knowledge and skills that are important for children and youth (CY) advocates in Wisconsin domestic violence programs. It is a training tool for new CY advocates and their supervisors to use together. The guide is divided into two sections. The “Knowledge” section includes topics that children and youth advocates should become familiar with. These topics are arranged in approximate order of their importance to the job. The “Skills” section includes skills needed to do the job. Each topic contains a link to one or more free, web-based resources that provide newly-hired children and youth advocates with a basic foundation in each of these important job-related topics. Suggestions for using the guide are included.

Health Care Provider screening tools

1. Health Care Provider pocket screening card, developed by WCADV and the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation. Quantities available from WCADV.

2. Screening tool developed by the University of Wisconsin's Department of Family Medicine's Community Advisory Board of the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Physician Training Program in 2005.

HMIS Information for DV Advocates and Survivors

From NNEDV: A quick summary for Domestic Violence advocates of the March 2010 HMIS Final Regulations protecting the safety and privacy of victims of domestic violence.

Also Wisconsin ServicePoint policy for non-DV agencies serving domestic abuse clients, and a privacy card survivors can take with them to other agencies.

Just Delete Me

This website will guide you in removing accounts from many online services: http://justdelete.me/

Legislative Update May 2013

 

Four bills were recently introduced that attempt to create more effective protections for victims of domestic violence. The bills will likely get hearings in the coming weeks. Summaries of the bills are below.

Assembly Bill 187 – This bill would allow prosecutors and victims to present evidence of the full pattern of abuse in trials for domestic violence. One of the main challenges to prosecuting domestic violence is that the rules of evidence prohibit judges and juries from learning of perpetrators’ pattern of terror and coercive control. Defense attorneys know juries are likely to never know about the full campaign of violence and abuse, and therefore, defendants have the advantage at trial or in plea negotiations. As a result, many repeat and dangerous abusers face only minimal accountability.

Recognizing this inherent problem, a number of states have amended their rules of evidence to allow prosecutors to present a fuller picture of the domestic violence to judges and juries. Five states, including our neighbors, Michigan and Minnesota, have amended their rules of evidence to admit evidence of prior acts of domestic violence during prosecutions. The high courts of Kansas and Vermont have developed similar policies through case law.

Assembly Bill 175/Senate Bill 160 – This bill serves two purposes. First, the bill clarifies the intent and spirit of current law: that responding officers are to either arrest domestic violence perpetrators or file a report explaining why an arrest was not warranted. In the wake of the Azana Spa shooting in Brookfield, troubling information came to light regarding a lack of compliance with these aspects of Wisconsin’s domestic violence laws.

Second, the bill ensures that responding officers will refer victims to local services and resources for shelter and support. Many times domestic violence victims are traumatized by intense isolation and fear, and they are not able to effectively participate in the criminal justice process. Under the bill, law enforcement officers will provide victims with information about services in the community to improve the chances the intervention will result in true safety and healing.

Assembly Bill 176/Senate Bill 161 – This bill makes a number of needed technical improvements and refinements to Wisconsin’s restraining order statutes. Research shows that restraining orders are effective at reducing or eliminating abuse in most cases. We therefore support eliminating unnecessary barriers from the restraining order process.

The bill adds stalking as a basis for obtaining a domestic abuse restraining order. Stalking behavior is a key indicator of higher risk and lethality in domestic violence situations. Other important provisions include removing obstacles for child abuse victims who seek protection through restraining orders. The legislation protects the confidentiality of child victims in these proceedings, and consistent with federal law, prohibits courts from charging guardian ad litem fees to the child victim or to a parent who is not party to the case.

Assembly Bill 171/Senate Bill 153 - This bill allows victims to apply for restraining orders against out of state perpetrators who direct abuse at Wisconsinites or have caused victims to flee to Wisconsin.

Restraining orders are often practically unavailable to victims in these situations. With the advance of technology, victims are now exposed to abusive behavior through phone calls, text messages, email and social media. Wisconsin’s civil jurisdiction laws, which apply to restraining order cases, were not designed to respond to this type of conduct. As a result, victims are often told they must go to the abuser’s home state to get a valid restraining order. For these victims, doing so may very well be unsafe or practically impossible.

 

LGBT Power and Control Wheel

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Power & Control Wheel illustrates the behaviors and tactics an abusive partner will use to gain and maintain power and control over the person they are abusing.

LGBT Publications

A list of publications is provided to assist programs in providing inclusive services to LGBT victims and survivors. For easy access, each resource description includes a direct link to the publication.

LGBTQ People of Color

Gathered are a few additional LGBTQ resources with information on Domestic Violence and People of Color.

LGBTQ Program Providers

Gathered resources of LGBTQ Domestic Violence articles and publications for program providers and services.

LGBTQ Transgender

Gathered resources and publications for LGBTQ Trangenders

LGBTQ Youth

Gathered resources for LGBTQ youth and Domestic Violence.

Medical Power and Control Wheel

Originaly developed by Kenosha, Wisconsin's Pathways to Courage, demonstrates how the health care system can inadvertently increase danger and further entrap victims or, alternatively, be part of the solution.

MINCAVA Electronic Clearinghouse

The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse has a library of publications on DV and children: www.mincava.umn.edu/categories/880?type=8

Ms. Magazine: What the Health Care Bill Means for Women

President Obama signed the 2,409–page health-care reform act into law March 23, 2010, and the analyses of its effects are beginning to come out. Some provisions go into effect immediately, others in 3-6 months, others in 2014. This article talks about how it will affect women and others: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/03/24/what-the-health-care-bill-means-for-women

My Safety Plan

A safety plan for children exposed to domestic violence.

National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA)

http://www.apsnetwork.org/ 

This site contains many resources to help you find the assistance, publications, data, information, and answers about elder abuse. 

National Center for Children Exposed to Violence

Information and links to resources: www.nccev.org/violence/domestic.html

National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life

Through advocacy and education, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) works everyday to improve victim safety, increase abuser accountability, expand coordinated community response, and ultimately, put an end to abuse in later life. Find a multitude of resources at www.ncall.us.

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

Provides national advocacy for local LGBT Programs and a vast amount of useful information, reports and resources.National Coalition: www.avp.org/about-avp/coalitions-a-collaborations/82-national-coalition-of-anti-violence-programs, New York City AVP: www.avp.org