Demand Congress Pass a Gun Safety Plan to Save Lives

President Obama has outlined a plan to close dangerous loopholes that allow abusers easy access to weapons.  A domestic violence homicide occurs almost every week in Wisconsin, most involve firearms and in too many cases the perpetrator acquired or bought the gun illegally. Congress must act before another preventable killing takes one more life. Call your Members of Congress today and tell them to work quickly to pass a gun safety bill that includes universal background checks. 

Talking Points

  • Since 2000, at least 50 people in Wisconsin were shot and killed by an abuser who was legally prohibited from possessing the murder weapon. Without universal background checks, abusers will continue to exploit loopholes and get guns to terrorize and kill victims in our communities.
  • The vast majority of Americans and gun owners support background checks on all gun sales.
  • The time for action is now. We can't bear to watch more and more preventable tragedies take the lives of so many.

Your quick call will help make sensible gun safety a reality. 

Senator Tammy Baldwin(D- WI) 202-224-5653

Senator Ron Johnson (R- WI) 202-224-5323

Representative Paul Ryan (R - 01) 202-225-3031

Representative Mark Pocan (D - 02) 202-225-2906

Representative Ron Kind (D - 03) 202-225-5506

Representative Gwen Moore (D - 04) 202-225-4572

Representative F. James (Jim) Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R - 05) 202-225-5101

Representative Tom Petri (R - 06) 202-225-2476

Representative Sean P. Duffy (R - 07) 202-225-3365

Representative Reid J. Ribble (R - 08) 202-225-5665

Selected Resources

Voting Guide for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Advocates

This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With the passage of the Wisconsin photo ID voting law, there is a lot of confusion about who can vote and how they can vote.  The guide explains how survivors can register to vote and ensure they have the proper documentation to vote.   In this volatile political climate and budgetary climate, we need survivors’ voices and participation at the ballot box now more than ever.   

Hope. Vision. Future. A Plan for Providing Services to Domestic Violence Victims in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse has created a long-range plan for serving Domestic Abuse victims. This document includes an overview of Wisconsin Domestic Abuse Programs, including statistics, services, populations served, and a financial picture. Recommendations address the issues of Economic Justice, Financial Self- Sufficiency, Housing, Legal assistance and Primary Prevention.

2011-2012 Legislative Agenda
WCADV and WCASA Milwaukee Sick Pay Brief

Domestic and sexual violence take a tremendous toll on public health and safety in Milwaukee. This brief, filed by WCADV and WCASA, supports the Milwaukee Paid Sick Days Ordinance which permits victims paid leave to obtain services from these organizations.

2013-2014 Legislative Agenda
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).

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. 

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.