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State Budget Includes Needed Support for Victims
The state budget signed today by Governor Walker includes needed resources to assist and protect victims of domestic violence. Victim advocates expressed gratitude to Governor Walker and legislators for these investments.
“The additional funding for services is a lifeline for victims and children in Wisconsin,” said Patti Seger. “More victims will get the help they need to escape abusive situations.”
The state budget includes an additional $1.5 million over the next two years to support the availability of shelters and services across Wisconsin. On a single day, approximately 270 victims are currently unable to get assistance because of funding shortages. The budget also contains capital funding for two domestic violence shelters and service centers in Wisconsin to address a critical shortage of refuge space. The capital projects need final approval from the State Building Commission.
“We thank Governor Walker for prioritizing funding for victim services in his budget and thank the members of the Legislature for extending the reach of the additional investments,” said Seger. “In particular, we thank Rep. Nygren and Sen. Olsen, the other members of the Joint Finance Committee, Reps. Loudenbeck and Suder, and the many individual legislators who saw the value in promoting victim safety.”
Advocates also Applaud Veto of Bondsmen
Victim advocates were also paying special attention to the budget provision that would have permitted bail bondsmen in Wisconsin. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin said the change in policy would have increased risks to victims and diverted funds to bondsmen that otherwise go to victim restitution and services.
“We are very grateful and pleased that Governor Walker vetoed bail bondsmen in Wisconsin,” said Seger. “Bondsmen would have sent our criminal justice system backwards and created unnecessary risks and problems for victims.”
Voting Guide for Advocates and Survivors
This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With recent law changes and court decisions, even the basics of how to cast a ballot can be very confusing The guide covers voter registeration, ID requirements and determining where to vote.
Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People
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.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
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.