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Public Domestics: an experience of the book "Infamous Mothers" with Sagashus Levingston

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin is excited to announce a public event being held in conjunction with its statewide conference, Collective Liberation: Movement Building for the Years Ahead. Details are below.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
Gallery Viewing 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Book Reading and Discussion: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center
Bear Room
2040 Airport Drive
Green Bay, Wisconsin 54313

Public Domestics is a public event attached to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s Statewide Conference, Collective Liberation: Movement Building for the Years Ahead. All are welcome to attend. At 3:30 p.m., numerous pages from Infamous Mothers will be on display, giving participants the ability to walk through parts of the book. Then at 4:30 p.m., author Sagashus T. Levingston will read from the book and lead a discussion about what the stories of marginalized mothers have to teach us about our society and about ourselves.Ms. Levingston is a PhD candidate and instructor in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This project explores how real-life narratives describing Black motherhood can counter pervasive stereotypes, such as the "welfare queen" "the prostitute" or "the drug addict" and could help produce a more just, humane and creative society.

 

 

Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2017

CONTACT: Chase Tarrier, Public Policy Coordinator, End Domestic Abuse WI 

chaset@endabusewi.org, 608.237.3985

Domestic Violence Advocates Respond to Governor Walker’s NFL Protest Comments

Madison — In response to the Governor’s recent letter to the NFL and the NFL Players Association, Executive Director of End Domestic Abuse WI Patti Seger issued the following statement:

“We are deeply grateful for the support the anti-domestic violence movement has received from Governor Walker, the Governor’s Council on Domestic Violence and from the Green Bay Packers. We also maintain that the NFL should both take a stand against domestic violence and that players should continue using their voices and earned platforms to bring attention to the racial inequality that exists in our country. Speaking out against racial injustice doesn't take away from the effort to end domestic violence; it is part of the solution. Players and other community members who look beyond themselves to support those who are vulnerable to unequal treatment demonstrate the type of attitude we need to end domestic abuse here in Wisconsin and all across the United States.”

End Domestic Abuse WI is the statewide voice for survivors of domestic violence and the membership organization representing local domestic violence victim service providers throughout the state.

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 End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the leading voice for victims of domestic abuse in Wisconsin. At End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, we educate shelter and program volunteers and advocates, law enforcement, legislators, and community members to provide safety and support to survivors. We strive to shift Wisconsin from the attitudes and beliefs that cause domestic violence to values of mutual respect and equality, and we partner with communities in the effort to prevent and end domestic abuse.
We encourage reporters to include the National Domestic Violence Hotline number [1−800−799−SAFE(7233)] in their stories for victims who need help.  A list of local Wisconsin domestic violence victim service providers can be found at 
http://www.endabusewi.org

 

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For immediate release: September 26, 2017

Contact: Chase Tarrier, Public Policy Coordinator,

608.237.3985 or chaset@endabusewi.org

                       

Annual Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report Released

Madison — According to the newly released Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report, 73 people in Wisconsin lost their lives to domestic violence in 2016. Patti Seger, Executive Director of End Domestic Abuse WI, announced the release of the report at the State Capitol today along with Rep. Melissa Sargent (D – Madison), Veronica Figueroa-Velez, Executive Director, Unidos Against Domestic Violence and Shannon Barry, Executive Director, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS).

Of the individuals who died because of domestic violence in 2016, 57 were victims of domestic violence homicides, 14  were perpetrators of homicides or attempted homicides who then committed suicide and 2 individuals were perpetrators of domestic violence who were  killed by responding law enforcement. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has been producing the annual report since 2000. This year’s homicide count is above the annual average for that 17 year period.  

“Each year since we began releasing this report, it has represented for us a time of remembrance and reflection on the lives that were lost and the ways that we can evaluate our communities response to domestic violence,” said Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “The advocates we work with witness firsthand the devastation that domestic violence inflicts on our communities every year. This report highlights findings that point to clear warning signs for domestic violence killings that inform our daily interactions with victims as we work to empower survivors and prevent future domestic violence deaths.”

“We look forward to utilizing the information in this report to aid in our continued efforts to protect survivors and educate the public about domestic and sexual violence in our communities,” said Seger. “Domestic violence is not just an inter-personal issue, but a societal issue, and we hope that this report will be a tool for our community leaders as we all work together to stop the violence that affects our friends, families and neighbors every year.”

The report contains a discussion of domestic violence lethality risk factors. Knowledge of such risk factors can help service providers identify victims who are at the greatest risk of being killed and provide them with enhanced outreach and services.

The report is available at: http://www.endabusewi.org/homicide-reports/  

Other statistics from the report include:

  •  Perpetrators of domestic violence homicide incidents were overwhelmingly male. In 2016, 42 of 51 (82%) of perpetrators were men. This figure excludes the two homicides that occurred during legal intervention.
  •  In 2016, over one third of the victims of intimate partner-related homicide were killed after the relationship ended or when one person in the relationship was taking steps to leave the relationship. This figure demonstrates that leaving does not equal safety. It also supports the main message of this report: no victim in Wisconsin should have to take the courageous step of leaving an abusive relationship without the safety and support offered by domestic violence victim advocates and without the benefit of a coordinated community response that is designed to protect victims and hold perpetrators accountable.
  •  Victims reflected the span of life, from less than one year old to 72 years old. The average age of victims was 36 years old. Perpetrators ranged in age from 18 to 76. The average age for perpetrators was 38 years old.

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End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence is the leading voice for victims of domestic abuse in Wisconsin. At End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, we educate shelter and program volunteers and advocates, law enforcement, legislators, and community members to provide safety and support to survivors. We strive to shift Wisconsin from the attitudes and beliefs that cause domestic violence to values of mutual respect and equality, and we partner with communities in the effort to prevent and end domestic abuse.
We encourage reporters to include the National Domestic Violence Hotline number [1−800−799−SAFE(7233)] in their stories for victims who need help.  A list of local Wisconsin domestic violence victim service providers can be found at http://www.endabusewi.org

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Now is the time to protect healthcare for survivors!

Congress is at it again - this time with an even more serious bill to repeal our healthcare protections. It will only take a few minutes to TAKE ACTION.

We know you're tired of hearing about Congress' attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). So are we. Unfortunately, they are deadly seriously about this last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the ACA with the "Graham-Cassidy" legislation.

They are counting on us to be distracted by everything that is happening in the United States and around the world, but we haven't wavered in our commitment to standing with victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Act now: Graham-Cassidy is worse than previous bills. It would eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, even for children. It would allow insurers to charge sick people higher premiums or deny them coverage all together. It would allow states to decide how and to whom they provide healthcare coverage. And it dramatically restructures and deeply cuts Medicaid, placing countless victims at additional risk.

Please take action TODAY by:

  • Placing a quick call to Senator Johnson to tell his office that "you want the Senator to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill, and that survivors of domestic violence need healthcare that is accessible and affordable." 

Senator Ron Johnson

 (414) 276-7282 - Milwaukee Office

(920) 230-7250 - Oshkosh Office

  (202) 224-5323 - DC Office

 @SenRonJohnson

  • Sending an email message. If you only have time to click-and-send a quick message, click here, but please do both things if you possibly can.

They only have until September 30th to pass this horrific bill and they're picking up momentum so we need to speak up and be heard NOW! We need to make our Senators' phone ring off the hook!

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This morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced that the Trump administration would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program effective March 5, 2018. DACA, a policy implemented by President Obama in 2012, has protected nearly 800,000 people brought to the US as children from deportation in the 5 years since it was implemented. These young people, often identified as 'dreamers', are leading successful lives here in the United States, starting families, earning college degrees, pursuing careers and giving back to their communities. In Wisconsin alone there are roughly 14,000 potentially eligible DACA recipients, with over 8,000 applications accepted as of March, 2017.

When a survivor’s immigration status, or the status of a family member, is uncertain, abusers exploit fears of deportation and separation from their families to stop them from reporting crimes or even seeking out protective services. The Trump administration's decision to end the DACA program will only exacerbate this fear and put countless survivors all across the country at even greater risk of harm and manipulation.

No person deserves to have their life destroyed because of their status as an immigrant, documented or undocumented. 
Some of our strong allies in Congress have introduced the bipartisan DREAM Act of 2017 (H.R 3440 and S. 1615) which would grant legal status to young dreamers who arrived in the United States before turning 18, thus allowing them an opportunity to continue living and working in the United States. Join us in urging Congress to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act, or enact similar legislation that would ensure survivors and witnesses of crimes like domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking feel safe to report crimes without fear that seeking justice will put them at risk of being deported. 

Call Senator Ron Johnson, Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of our WI Congressional leaders and tell them:

  • Thanks to the DACA, hundreds of thousands of young people have been able to live and thrive in the US. 
  • DACA has helped thousands of young people get work authorization to support themselves and their families. 
  • Ending DACA will cost the American economy billions of dollars while doing nothing to reform our immigration system.
  • Without DACA, victims and their families will be at increased risk of violence and manipulation at the hands of abusers.

Find your Senators’ and Representatives' phone numbers by entering your zipcode in the space provided at this link

Sample telephone script: Hello, my name is [your name], and I am calling from [your city and/or organization].  I am calling to urge [your Senator/Representative’s name] to support the DREAM act to grant lawful immigration status to eligible DACA recipients. By providing deferred deportation status and work authorizatoin, DACA has helped thousands of young people support themselves and thrive in the US.
 Without DACA, victims and their families will be at increased risk of violence and manipulation at the hands of abusers

Find your Senators’ and Representatives' Twitter handles here:
 
Sample Tweet: @YourSenator’sHandle, #DACA allows families to stay together and keeps survivors safe, Congressional leaders need to pass the #DREAMact NOW!  
 
Sample Facebook Post: The rollback of DACA will only further stifle reporting of crimes and push more victims to the shadows of our society where they are increasingly vulnerable to manipulation and violence. I demand that our WI Congressional leaders like Senator Ron Johnson and Speaker Paul Ryan support The DREAM Act to grant legal status to young “Dreamers” who arrived in the United States before turning 18, thus allowing them an opportunity to continue living and working in the United States. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2017
CONTACT: Chase Tarrier, Public Policy Coordinator
End Domestic Abuse WI
chaset@endabusewi.org, 608.237.3985

Domestic Violence Advocates Dismayed by News of President Trump’s Plan to Roll Back DACA

Madison— Domestic violence victim advocates across Wisconsin are strongly opposing President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program today. With nearly 800,000 enrollees in the program nationwide, advocates are expressing serious concerns about the effect the rollback will have on immigrant and undocumented survivors of violence.

“Undocumented victims face some of the most serious barriers to protecting themselves and their children of anyone in our communities” said Patti Seger, executive director of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “When survivors are afraid to contact law enforcement because of the threat of losing their families through detainment or deportation, perpetrators capitalize on that fear to further abuse and control their victims. By ending a program that has provided hundreds of thousands of youth with work permits and deferred action status, President Trump is putting countless victims and their families directly in harm’s way.”

“Since President Trump’s inauguration, advocates across the country are reporting dramatic decreases in the willingness of immigrant survivors to engage with the legal system. Whether it’s filing for a restraining order or calling local law enforcement to get help in times of crisis, immigrant victims are increasingly hesitant to seek out the legal protections that are lawfully available to them. The rollback of DACA will only further stifle reporting of crimes and push more victims to the shadows of our society where they are increasingly vulnerable to manipulation and violence. End Abuse is calling on President Trump to rescind his decision to end the DACA program, and for our WI Congressional leaders like Senator Ron Johnson and Speaker Paul Ryan to support legislation that makes DACA permanent without militarizing the border or criminalizing other immigrants.”

The DACA program was instituted through an executive order signed by President Obama in 2012 and has provided nearly 800,000 young people with work permits and deferred action status so that they can get the employment authorization and documentation necessary to remain and thrive in the US.

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On August 15 and 16, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin's Training Center was filled with victim advocates from across the state. The two-day training, Supporting Families Who Have Experienced Trauma, was designed and led by Tracy Plamann, the Community Education Coordinator at Harbor House in Appleton. Harbor House is one of End Abuse's member programs. Tracy was assisted by Cody Warner, Children and Youth Prevention and Outreach Coordinator at End Abuse.

The training provided a framework for understanding the ways in which many families who seek advocates' help have lived through multiple traumatic experiences. The wounds of childhood trauma often continue to drive behavior, feelings and attitudes into adulthood, and play a powerful role in parenting. The training helped advocates better understand how trauma affects children and parents, giving advocates a way to make sense of sometimes baffling and challenging behavior. 

“This two-day training gave advocates the chance to consider how they can better establish supporting and healing relationships with parents and children who have experienced trauma,” said Cody Warner, Children and Youth Prevention and Outreach Coordinator at End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. “To be trauma-informed, we must pause and understand where the survivors are with their healing journey to truly support them.  A key point is to have advocates reflect that we need to be connection focused more than program focused. Rather, making a meaningful connection to the survivor and their family is more important than the types of services offered in any particular program. These relationships create opportunities for the survivors and their families to heal and move forward from their trauma.” 

The training was unique in focusing on the needs of parents as well as children. This approach draws on the natural strength that exists within parent-child relationships.

In addition to providing a theoretical framework for understanding the impact of trauma, advocates came way with communication skills and techniques, ways to reduce stress and promote more positive experiences within the families, and within their own organizations. Often as much as anything advocates can offer, clients need empathetic and supportive relationships. These relationships create the conditions from which parents and children can let go of survival mechanisms and have better opportunities to thrive.

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End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin is sickened by the press conference the president held yesterday. As many have repeatedly said, there are not two sides to the evil of white supremacy.

White supremacy is an evil that runs deep in our country’s history. Many people of color know that history well from their experiences and the experiences of their ancestors. Most white people have not done the necessary work of confronting that legacy of hate, and they have not reconciled with it.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the president does not understand the meaning and depth of this country’s original sins. What is shocking and shameful is that Donald Trump doesn’t even understand what is good about this country.

He apparently doesn’t understand that George Washington, who like others of his class and race held black people as slaves, fought to advance the notion that all men are created equal and to establish the potential for that self-evident truth to be realized by a democratic government. George Washington made our government better.

George Washington is not like Robert E. Lee. Robert E. Lee killed hundreds of thousands of Americans to keep a race enslaved. Both black people held as slaves and Union soldiers gave their lives to rid this nation of slavery. Their blood made possible a Constitution that includes the principle that all people are to have equal protection under the law. Their sacrifice made this country better.

Yesterday, the president said a mob of white people marching at night with torches chanting "Jews will not replace us" included "very fine people." The president, who “has sacrificed nothing and no one” doesn’t understand that this country, not so long ago, sent millions of its young people to rid the world of an evil ideology that murderously used anti-Semitism and ethnic nationalism as a basis for political power. The sacrifices of the soldiers who died defeating Nazism made this country and this world better.

How can the President of the United States in one press conference insult so much that is good about this country and be so indifferent to what is evil? As much as we hoped he would act differently, yesterday confirmed Donald Trump he is the person we saw in the Access Hollywood video. He is a man for whom there is no good or evil, there is only power, narcissism and self-gratification. A man, who so callously treats women as sex objects like Donald Trump does, is willing to deny the humanity of any person, be it on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, if it serves him. While he doesn’t grasp good and evil, he evidently understands ideologies that look to differences as a way to divide people in the service of power.

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has a long history of working with conservative and liberals to prevent domestic abuse and, in our small way, to make this country better by promoting the equality and dignity of a group of people who had been historically exploited and oppressed. We especially urge our conservative friends and leaders to recognize the difference between disagreements about things like the size of government, healthcare, or tax reform and what is happening to our country now. Let’s not continue to tolerate a president who tolerates white supremacy. Our country has been here. At times in our history, our ancestors died fighting against this evil. What are you willing to sacrifice?

Featured Image for Statewide Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative Micro-grants are Now Available

We are excited to announce a new opportunity to fund violence prevention efforts! The purpose of the Community Micro-grant is to support programs to implement anti-violence initiatives throughout Wisconsin.

The Micro-grant funding is to begin on September 15th, 2017 and end June 15th, 2018. Projects will focus on engaging youth. The application deadline is September 1, 2017. Submissions after the deadline may be considered pending the availability of funds. 

See the Micro-grant application for details. 

Application Documents:

Micro-grant application

Micro-grant budget form

Questions can be sent to Stephanie Ortiz at StephanieO@endabusewi.org.

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