Resources and Publications

Preventing Homicide: Milwaukee’s Lethality Assessment Program (Recorded 9/30/2014)

Milwaukee County has embarked on an exciting initiative to implement the Maryland Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) county-wide.  The LAP is an emerging best practice to teach police officers the indicators of potentially lethal domestic violence and victim risk assessment techniques, and implement a follow up protocol that connects high lethality risk victims with an advocate while officers are still on the scene.  

Dr. Jackie Campbell conducted an extensive study which revealed that only 4%  of women victims of DV homicide or attempted homicide had ever sought shelter at a domestic violence program, despite the fact that such services are a protective factor against DV homicide.  The LAP, developed by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence, works to close that gap and connect high-risk victims to life-saving advocacy services from the moment they reach out to police.  The protocol can also be adapted for use by other first responders, such as emergency room doctors.

The presentation slides can be printed either as full-sized powerpoint slides (one slide per page) or a handout with three slides per page.  Links are below. 

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One Billion Rising

The Biggest Mass Global Action To End Violence Against Women & Girls In The History Of Humankind: One Billion Rising is the beginning of the new world ignited by a new energy. It is not the end of a struggle but the escalation of it. NOW is the time to enact change. This is NOT an annual holiday, we are not waiting until 14 February 2014. NOW is the time to harness the power of your activism to change the world!  Watch the videos from February 2013 and learn more:

Discovery Dating - Teen Dating Violence Prevention

Discovery Dating is a healthy relationship development tool created by Wise Women Gathering Place (WWGP) Director, Alice Skenandore. It provides a process for exploration of personal values, discernment of character traits of others, and practice of informed decision making.

Discovery Dating details steps which enable the student to predict repercussions of certain choices and the benefits of true partnership based upon discernment of facts and information.

Discovery Dating has been used with full or partial implementation in myriad settings, including elementary school classrooms, educational sessions for mothers receiving public benefits, youth clubs, high school enrichment offerings, and women’s support groups. Detailed instructions for implementing 14 weekly sessions in a classroom are available; however the lessons may be adjusted or combined to suit varying schedules. 

For more information contact Jen Schanen at Wise Women Gathering Place. 
Phone: (920)490-0627.

Overview of State and Federal Laws Impacting Victims of Domestic Violence
Preventing Teen Dating Violence with Rural Youth - Youth Action Committee

The Youth Action Committee (YAC) is a school-based, youth-driven, teen dating violence prevention project funded through DELTA. The project is located in the rural Wisconsin community of Chippewa Falls and offered through Chippewa County‘s alternative high school as a two-semester class that allows juniors and seniors to earn service learning credit. 

For more information about YAC, contact Denise Kervin at Family Support Center. 

Phone: (715) 723-1138

A. Restraining Orders in Wisconsin

This grid asks and answers questions about all four types of protection orders.

B. Process to Obtain a Restraining Order in Wisconsin
C. Glossary of Terms - Restraining Orders
D. FAQs for Petitioners about ROs
E. Everything You Need to Know About Enforcement of ROs
F. Changes to the harassment law effective Sept 1, 2010 (slides)
G. Restraining Orders for the Elderly
H. Databases for Wisconsin Civil and Criminal Information
A. Overview of Wisconsin’s mandatory arrest law
B. Glossary of Terms - Criminal Law
C. WI Strangulation and Suffocation Law
D. Firearms Surrender Law and Persons Exempt from Firearms Surrender
A. Glossary of Terms - Family Law
B. Process to obtain a divorce in Wisconsin
C. WI Laws on Child Custody and Physical Placement
D. 2003 Act 130
Legal Remedies for Immigrants and Nonimmigrants Who are Victims of Crime

Prepared by the Midwest Immigrant & Human Rights Center (MIHRC), a program of Heartland Alliance.

Human Trafficking Fact Sheet

Facts and contact information for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

Cooperation and Good Cause: Cooperating with Child Support

The Good Cause exception when working with Wisconsin Works (W-2) and child support.

U-Visa Fact Sheet

Information on legal rights available to victims of domestic violence in the U.S. and facts about immigrating on a marriage-based visa. From the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.