Legislators are now considering whether to support a bill that would give Wisconsin courts the ability to hear restraining order petitions for cases in which the abuser is not in Wisconsin. Please call your legislators and ask them to support this critically important bill.
Unfortunately, state lines do not protect victims of domestic violence or stalking. With the increased use of technology, like social media, text messages and email, dangerous abusers can threaten Wisconsin from other states. And sadly, our jurisdictional laws for restraining orders do not necessarily reflect this reality. Some judges currently feel the law requires them to deny restraining order petitions against abusers who are located in other states, even when the victim has clear evidence of threats or harassment.
LRB 2057/2 from Representative Amy Loudenbeck and Senator Van Wanggaard would correct this dangerous problem so that Wisconsin courts have explicit authority to consider the pleas of victims who are being stalked or harassed by individuals in other states or victims who have been forced to flee to Wisconsin because of abuse in other states.
Call your legislators today  to help ensure this bill becomes law and that victims' requests for protection are not thrown out on technicalities.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org  if you have any questions.