Legislative Alerts

March 13, 2012 - 8:34am

Three important bills are up for votes in State Senate today. Two are positive improvements for victims.  The other significantly diminishes the rights of tenants. Please contact your state Senator now and ask that he or she:

February 10, 2012 - 6:06pm

Please call Senator Johnson and ask him to co-sponsor this important and historic re-authorization. 

As you might know, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization passed out the Senate Committee last week; however, eight senators voted against the current version of the bill. We need to make sure enough Senators support VAWA so that it can quickly come to a vote.  You can help by calling Senator Johnson (202-224-5323) and asking him to support and co-sponsor the re-authorization of the VAWA. 

Here are some talking points:

December 8, 2011 - 3:42pm

Sexual Assault Service Providers (SASPs) were recently informed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) that their SAVS grants will be reduced by 42.5% in 2012.  

These cuts stem from three developments.  First, the SAVS program was cut 10% in the 2011-13 state budget.  Second, as a result of department lapses contained in the state budget, SASPs were informed last month by DOJ that an additional cut of 5.2% would be made to the SAVS program.  Finally, revenue from the Crime Victim and Witness surcharge that funds SAVAS has been declining in recent years.

November 29, 2011 - 4:45pm

Please call Senator Johnson and ask him to co-sponsor this important and historic re-authorization. 

October 26, 2011 - 6:52pm

Make Your Voices Heard (And Faces Seen)

Public Hearing 

November 15, 2011 - 4:50pm

Tell Congress to Preserve States' Right to Control Who Can Carry Loaded, Hidden Guns in Public. 

October 19, 2011 - 2:55pm

Senate Bill 237 was introduced this week.  The bill repeals the Healthy Youth Act, which passed last session and set minimum standards for human growth and development curriculum in Wisconsin.  Senate Bill 237 will eliminate the requirement that human growth and development programs include age-appropriate information about:

August 25, 2011 - 2:49pm

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. 

June 29, 2011 - 11:37am

In just two minutes, you can help guarantee victims’ right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect for their privacy.   

Criminal defendants are afforded a variety of rights and protections in the criminal justice system.  Not until relatively recently have our laws recognized basic rights for crime victims. 

May 24, 2011 - 5:22pm

Arizona-Copycat Legislation Introduced.  Make Your Voice Heard.

May 4, 2011 - 10:23am


Hearing Expected Next Week in Wausau

It appears the gun lobby is going to try to quickly pass extreme legislation to allow concealed weapons in most all public places with minimal or no restrictions or requirements.

We expect the legislation will be released later this week or early next week and a hearing will take place in Wausau on Thursday, May 12.   

February 14, 2011 - 1:38pm

Please call your state representatives and senators and ask them to oppose AB 54, which would effectively eliminate the best interests of the child standard in custody cases.

February 14, 2011 - 1:23pm

Law would prevent perpetrators from contacting victims without their permission during the “cooling off period.”

December 30, 2010 - 6:23pm

Court of Appeals to Decide Whether Victims Can be Protected

December 30, 2010 - 6:25pm
Today, thanks in large part to the leadership of Congresswoman Gwen Moore (Milwaukee), the House passed the reauthorization the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVSPA) as part of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). This is not an appropriations bill; however, it provides the future federal funding structure for domestic violence programs across the nation.