Access to Services

Providing access to services for all victims of domestic violence is everyday work for End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (WCADV).  In order to accomplish this we work closely with local domestic violence programs and their staff throughout the state. We want to improve the effectiveness of services to all, and these efforts specifically address the needs of individuals and/or groups that are underserved in Wisconsin.

Meeting victims’ needs is far more difficult when their access to rights and services is complicated by factors such as geographic isolation, language barriers, ethnic and cultural intolerance, disability, immigration status, heterosexism, agism and/or lack of appropriate social supports.

In our work to promote provision of comprehensive and effective services, we have developed an Accessability Toolkit, along with a companion training,  to offer insights into the challenges faced by underserved victims, survivors populations in accessing services in the Language of their preference. The toolkit promotes strategies for implemntation by service providers to ensure that every domestic violence victim has access to confidential and safe services.

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Selected Resources

Coalition Chronicles 28-1: Ensuring Access to Services for All Victims

June 2009 Issue: WCADV works in collaboration with Wisconsin service providers to identify ways, both great and small, that services can be designed and redesigned to meet the needs of all victims, regardless of race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, age, language, immigration status and economic level.

Victims/Survivors Who Use Service Animals

An Updated Background Paper and Sample Policy for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs.

This service animal background paper and the sample policy are designed to inform you about the legal and practical expectations when service animals are present within your agency and its programs. Learning about the legal requirements, developing your own service animal policy, and training staff to apply it consistently helps to alleviate potential liability issues -- for both illegal discrimination and presence of an animal on site.

This is not intended, nor should it be construed to provide specific legal advice, nor is it a comprehensive review of all aspects of the civil rights laws for people with disabilities who use service animals.