Resources and Publications

Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center works with abused Americans, mostly women, in foreign countries to provide domestic violence and child abuse advocacy, resources and tools so that they can navigate the complicated jurisdictional, legal & social international landscapes, to be able to live their lives free of abuse either in the foreign country or back in the United States. Hotline: 866-USWOMEN (866-879-6636), crisis email:, website with live chat:

Amigas Latinas DV/LGBT Fact Sheet

2007-Fact Sheet regarding Parenting, Citizenship, Discrimination, Violence and Health for LGBTQ Latinos (from Chicago-area).

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: The DELTA Project

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) promotes the primary prevention of Intimate Partner Violence by providing funding, networking opportunities, training, and technical assistance to 14 state-level DV coalitions through the Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancement and Leadership Through Alliances (DELTA) program.  WCADV is pleased to be a part of the DELTA program. To learn more, please see:


Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System

Some very good publications on domestic violence and children as free downloads:

Certified Languages International Service Agreement

Certified Languages International Language Line form for Wisconsin DV programs.

Changes to Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance for DV Victims - Dec 2009

WCADV Policy Development Coordinator, Tony Gibart, offers the following summary of how Wisconsin unemployment statutes have changed in response to The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children - Dane County Needs Assessment
Community Readiness Assessment Model Overview

The Community Readiness Assessment Model is an excellent prevention planning and evaluation tool that employs community organizing techniques.  When tackling community problems, including domestic and dating violence, there is no "one size fits all" model for success and no one person can achieve it.  This pair of articles clear outlines the Model and how communities can use it to achieve results.

Creating Safety by Asking What Makes People Vulnerable?

Whether a paid caregiver, support worker, family member, or domestic violence or sexual assault advocate, each of us individually and as a part of larger service organizations have a stake in creating safety for and with people with disabilities.

We can and must become aware of and respond differently to our new understanding of what makes people vulnerable.This guide is designed to guide us through this journey, so that the vulnerability inherent in the “culture of compliance” that we inadvertently maintain is replaced with creating and fostering safety in its most basic and impactful form for people with disabilities—through a “culture of assertiveness.” It’s time.

DCF Brochure about Domestic Violence and W-2

This brochure from the Department of Children and Families explains some of the resources and protections available to W-2 participants who are or were victims of domestic violence.  It is to be given to all W-2 applicants and participants. Hmong and Spanish versions are also available. 

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.

Discussions related to Police Use of Body Cameras
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 Spring 2014
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.

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.

Handouts from the Northern Training, July 16 & 17, 2014

Here are electronic copies of handouts for those who attended the Northern Training this year at the Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena. All available handouts are posted here, including those that were distributed as hard copies as well as those that were not printed.

At the top of the list are handouts from Patti Bland, who presented a breakout session  on Thursday, July 17. Some of these are not labeled with her name.  All other handouts on the list are labeled with the name of the presenter.

Thanks for joining us, it was great to get together with everyone.  We hope it was a good experience for you, too.

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:

Kick Start Your Advocacy Skills Episode 2

Below is a link to a few pages of information for the participants of the April 30, 2014 Kick Start Your Advocacy Skills training in Rothschild.

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.