Statewide Conference to Explore, Expand, Create Opportunities to Reduce Domestic and Sexual Violence

Madison—The three statewide anti-domestic and sexual violence groups announced they will be holding a joint event in November to mobilize and educate advocates, professionals and survivors. The conference—entitled “Transform the Conversation: Explore. Expand. Create.”—will be the largest such gathering in Wisconsin in at least the last five years.

The conference is a joint effort by End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA) and American Indians Against Abuse (AIAA). Over 500 participants are expected to attend on November 5th and 6th at the Kalahari Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells. The conference features nationally recognized keynote speakers, a selection of over 50 workshops and a variety of opportunities to participate in facilitated conversations. The agencies say the gathering will be a unique forum for the exchange of promising practices to create a more peaceful state.

In a joint statement End Domestic Abuse WI, WCASA and AIAA said, “We look forward to welcoming advocates, professionals and survivors from across Wisconsin to engage in conversation. Collectively, we will energize our efforts to eliminate domestic and sexual violence. This conference will be a timely opportunity to explore innovative ideas and to expand our vision—actions that will ultimately lead us to the future we wish to create.”

More information about the conference can be found here: http://bit.ly/transformtheconvo. Registration is now open and available online at: http://bit.ly/register2transform.

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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.