The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence Statement on Ken Kratz Hearing

Patti Seger, executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV), released this statement, reacting to the Ken Kratz disciplinary hearing:

“Ken Kratz’s misconduct and abuse of power would likely still be going on today were it not for the brave and courageous women who came forward and spoke out. 

“Today’s hearing has been a long time coming. Even after his outrageous conduct came to light, for many months, it appeared Ken Kratz would not face accountability in a professional disciplinary proceeding.  

“The Wisconsin Supreme Court has final say over Kratz’s punishment. The Justices need to carefully consider the negative statewide and national impact of his misdeeds. Kratz was sworn to protect the vulnerable. Instead, he caused victims in Calumet County and beyond to question their faith in the justice system. 

“Kratz has recently said that he has suffered enough for his wrongdoing. Victims and advocates would be more likely to accept Kratz’s statements of contrition if, instead of minimizing his egregious conduct and dwelling on how he has been personally affected, he demonstrated an genuine understanding of how his actions affected others.” 

Selected Resources

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 RECORDING

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

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.