Outreach to Underserved Communities

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (WCADV) has a more than 15 year history of supporting communities of color and underserved communities in determining best practices for their own communities, to ensure the safety of all domestic violence victims and their children and to improve perpetrator accountability. We work to improve responsiveness of domestic violence service providers, health and legal systems, the faith community and advocacy organizations to the needs of people of color and other underserved communities. Our activities and efforts with or on behalf of communities of color and all battered women are determined by and led by battered and formerly battered women and their respective communities of color. These efforts are primarily women-led and involve grassroots and community-based groups.

In 2010, we implemented the Connected Cultures Leadership and Skill-Building Institute (CCLI). CCLI promotes the leadership of 20 domestic violence survivors and/or advocates from underserved groups by providing a year-long learning environment.  CCLI participants learn and exchange ideas about multi-cultural organizations, human resources, budgeting, grant writing, legislative advocacy, communication and conflict resolution, and community organizing. 

Also in 2010, with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), WCADV was able to create outreach specifically to support Hmong and Southeast Asian Refugee Family Strengthening programs. 

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Selected Resources

Diversity, Multiculturalism & Anti-Oppression - a manual for domestic abuse programs in Wisconsin

Created by the Access Committee of the Governor's Council, this Anti-Oppression Manual was created to help explore ways in which an anti-oppression framework can be applied to our work on a daily basis to end domestic violence.

Report: Focus Groups Conducted with African American Female Victims of Domestic Violence in WI, 2014

Data show that African American women victims are over-represented as recipients of local domestic violence program services in WI, and in the rates of intimate partner homicide, both as victims and as perpetrators.  During 2012 and 2013, End Abuse held a series of focus groups to amplify the voices of the women whose stories were behind the statistics. African American women survivors of domestic abuse shared their experiences, opinions and ideas during these meetings.

We learned through our discussions with these women that they greatly appreciate the work of local domestic violence agencies. We also heard how profoundly their stories were shaped by the legacy of historical trauma, institutional racism, and discrimination, and for some women, chronic and acute poverty. Read the full report for more information about this critical issue.

Coalition Chronicles 29-4: Connected Cultures

December 2010 Issue: Through WCADV's Connected Cultures Leadership Institute (CCLI), we engaged in a year-long educational process with survivors of violence and/or women from communities of color. Many of the 2010 CCLI graduates contributed to this issue of the WCADV Coalition Chronicles.

Coalition Chronicles 28-3: Racism

December 2009 Issue: At its core, domestic violence is a form of oppression. Victims of color, immigrant and/or refugee victims often also face the oppression of racism, causing greater barriers and intersecting layers of abuse. As a movement, we are challenged to examine the ways that our own individual and institutional racism contribute to disparate services for victims of color.

Recorded Webinar: Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People 3-10-2015


This webinar is about policies to promote inclusion of both LGBTQ clients and employees.  After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to list the types of policies that support an environment free of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ people, describe ways to assist staff in understanding and following the policies, and list the elements of a plan to monitor claims, address them seriously, and document their corrective action(s). 

VIEW AND LISTEN. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.


The series is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Abuse Program, and presented by Molly Herrmann, statewide training consultant and member of the End Domestic Abuse WI and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ Committee. Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. Webinar 3 is Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting  Discrimination and Harassment of LGBTQ People.

The series offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on organization practices and culture, and to build bridges between existing knowledge and skills and innovative, emerging practices, while also meeting the DCF training requirement.

All staff of DCF domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding must view each webinar live (February and March 2015) or recorded.


When you have completed the recorded webinar, download the certificate below.  It can be completed electronically or by hand and printed. Handouts are also available for download.