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Online Privacy and Safety Tips

Browsing the web safely and privately is concern for many people. A good general rule is that nothing online is private. Another general rule is that you can’t be completely anonymous online. However, you can take steps to prevent sensitive and personal information from making its round on the Web.

Organizational Memberships

Organizational Members are private, non-profit organizations, or county government or tribal agencies that

  • have a primary focus on providing direct services to survivors of domestic abuse and or sexual violence in Wisconsin;
  • have a program component that has that as a primary focus;
  • or are programs that receives State of WI Domestic Abuse Program funding and provide shelter and/or services for survivors of domestic abuse and or sexual violence.
  • Organizational Members adhere to the mission, vision and guiding principles of End Domestic Abuse WI and pay annual membership dues.

Organizational Membership starts on May 1, and runs though April 30 of the following year.

Domestic Violence Programs: download these forms to renew your membership or apply for provisional membership.

Osnium WS - VOCA Reporting

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Below documentation is current as of 11/18/2015.

Osnium WS Administrator Training

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First Log-in for Administrators, Database Overview and Tools (26 min)
- license, agency settings, recycle bin, backup/restore, audit trail, merge clients

Managing Users and Staff (9 min)
- create users, user options, user roles, reset passwords

Agency Customizing (18 min)
- required fields, default values, option lists, services

Understanding and Customizing Services (40 min, 8/26/15 webinar)
     (view in mp4 format if you can't run the flash video on your computer; the resolution isn't as sharp)
- an in-depth look at how services are organized for funder reporting and how to customize them for your agency's needs (also briefly covered in the shorter Agency Customizing video
*IMPORTANT NOTE: There was some confusion during the webinar getting the services customization to work properly. It should go smoothly if you refer to the instructions in the written documentation in the manual.

Reporting (13 min)
- demonstration of services report in progress, reporting from lists

Advanced Layout Customization - Model File (9 min)
- Not hard to do but you need to be careful and follow the guidelines. Also record your changes.

Go to Planning your Customization for handouts and printable screenshots.


Osnium WS Administrator Training Handouts

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Handouts for Administrator Training

(Don't try to print the Master Services List)

Click here for Administrator Training Recordings (conducted by End Abuse)

Osnium WS Basic User Training Handouts and Documentation

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NOTE: These videos and accompanying outline were created in August 2015 and may contain outdated or incomplete information. Use as a guide, but refer to the updated basic user manual (draft) at

Flash video format - better resolution:

MP4 Format - the text is not as clear but they are here in case you can't open a flash player video:

The attached training "outline" is 17-pages and will be expanded to be used as a reference manual.


Osnium WS Installation

Osnium's Installation instructions and links for Wisconsin:

*Osnium can install the WS software for you if you want them to, or you can contact Osnium them for help if you run into issues. (contact information at above link). This is a good use of support time (8 hrs annually). 

  • Before calling Osnium, be sure you know the administrator login and password for your server or computer (any user with administrative privileges). Without that, they won't be able to do anything.
  • Osnium suggests that if you want to minimize the use of your support time, follow the installation instructions on their Wisconsin installation page and do as much as you can before calling them.

Osnium tech support: 888-676-4861 option 2

​​Remote Access:

If you have outreach offices, it is recommended that you have off-site users log in to a computer that is in the main office connected to the database. Essentially they will be remote-controlling that computer.

There are several ways of doing this, depending on your needs and your agency’s setup. Talk to your IT people/person about what makes the most sense for you:

If you have a Windows server, up to 2 users can remotely connect to the server at one time. You can create accounts on the server that limit what a user can do, so they can’t mess with administrative settings on the server, but can still open the Osnium WS software. Your IT people may need to use one of the logins occasionally for server maintenance so you might have to work out the timing.

You get Remote Desktop licenses to expand the number of simultaneous users that can log in to a Windows server. Assuming your server and internet connection can handle the number of users that log in, remote desktop server licenses are available from TechSoup for $7/user (just a one-time charge).

You can have off-site staff remotely login (using RDP) to an older computer in the main office connected to the network that has the WS software installed. You don’t even need to keep a keyboard, mouse & monitor attached to it. Only one person at a time can remotely connect to a computer, but you can have more than one computer and they don’t need to be powerful.

If you already have a server that allows people to log in to their computers when they are away from the office, you’re already set up. The only caveat is you can’t log in to a computer in the office that someone is currently using.

Additional info from Osnium on scenarios and requirements: The VPN method is no longer recommended as it is prohibitively slow.

Osnium WS Model File Updates

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Scroll down to get the most recent Model File (Wisconsin_2015_11_17.osm)

To replace your Model File (open the zip folder and save the file to your computer):


  • Make sure you have documented any changes you have made to your screen layout that you want to re-do (adding/removing/rearranging list columns, changing required fields, or more advanced customization: hiding fields, hiding tabs, moving things around on your screen).
  • *Replacing your model file will NOT affect any of your data or drop-down options, but it will wipe out any visual changes you may have made.
  • TIP: Save screen shots, paste into Word (legal size) and print them out for reerence.


  • Decide which user will get the new Model File first. Must be someone with Administrator (no customization) or Administrator permission. If you will be doing advanced customization after importing the model file, use the Administrator login.
  • You can create a user especially to test new model files if you like, with any Administrator role.


  • Back up your current model file. Go to Tools > Edit Model > Export Model File. Save it somewhere. If necessary, you can import it to get your old screen layout back.
  • Import the new model file (Wisconsin_2015_11_17.osm). Go to Tools > Edit Model > Import Model File. Navigate to where you saved the attachment.
  • Verify that you are OK with the changes.
  • Re-do any screen customizations that you had previously made.
  • TIP: You can have Osnium open for more than one user if it is helpful to look at the old and new layouts on the same computer.

Step 4
(Osnium has somewhat limited instructions in pictures:

  • Distribute the model file to other users: Tools > Edit Model > Distribute Model File.
  • The dropdown at the top of the window should show the user who has the new model file.
  • To distribute the model file to all users, click “Add Users From Roles” and highlight all the roles (Be sure to show the Administrator in the list by unchecking the filter at the bottom of the window: [User] <> Administrator
  • To distribute the model file to just some users, check the boxes next to their names, or select only the Roles that should get this model file.
  • Click “OK.”
  • Each user will have to log out and log back in again to see the changes.

Changes included in this Model File:

Screen Changes:

  • Primary Race is a required field.
  • Pregnant field added to Intakes
  • Associated Children/Dependents tab added to abuser screen
  • VOCA Primary Victimization renamed to “VOCA Victimization prior to October 2015”
  • VOCA Secondary Victimizations renamed to “VOCA All Victimizations”
  • Staff/Advocate drop-down lists now have a filter to just show Active users; now you don’t have to delete users when they leave and you’ll have access to all staff for filtering reports. You can easily turn off the filter if you still need to enter data for someone who’s left.
  • Fixed the name of “Primary Referral Source” field in case you want to add it to your Person columns.

New lists (File menu > Lists) that can be used as a quick view, and to filter, count/sum and download:

  • Court Advocacy  - cases and restraining orders
  • Releases of Information
  • Outcomes (could not include client names in the list but you can use it for reporting)
  • Billing Information
Osnium WS User Manual

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This is a DRAFT. I will be adding and clarifying things in the near future but this should help you get started entering data October 1.

  • 10/5/2015 clarified Child/Dependent Record section
  • 10/7/2015 added a few minor clarifications
  • 11/2/2015 change to section about modifying list columns
Osnium WS Wisconsin - Planning your customization

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The database includes what you need for reporting to DCF, SAVS, VOCA, VAWA and HUD. However some things are specific to your program, so you will want to change some drop-down options and required fields.

IMPORTANT: Consult these 2 documents to learn what you can change and what you shouldn't:

WS Field choices for agencies to customize: This is a list of fields where you may wish to change the drop-down or multiple choice options.

WS Fields required by funders: This is a chart showing which fields are needed for DCF, SAVS, VOCA, HUD, STOP (VAWA) and SASP (VAWA) reports.

How to prepare:

  1. Make a list of all of the fields and options you want to change, so you will be ready to do it fairly quickly when the database arrives.
  2. Make a list of fields that you want required, and also note existing required fields that you want optional.

SCREENSHOTS: (updated July 2015 - final) 
Use the screenshots as a visual guide. These will print on legal size paper (8-1/2 x 14"). 

Osnium WS Wisconsin Administrator Manual

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This is truly a DRAFT and needs review, although most of it will be helpful.

  • Note all the CAUTIONS.
  • For unused Services, a safe approach is to uncheck the "Show in Activity" box and you won't lose the ability to filter by existing entries that use that service.
  • 11/2 modification: list column modifications only apply to current user.
  • 11/18 clarifications about modifying topics and categories



Our Family Safety Plan

A tool for advocates doing domestic violence safety planning with survivors and children together.

Power & Control Wheel - Abuse of People with Developmental Disabilities by a Caregiver

A power and control wheel specifically designed with people with developmental disabilities in mind. The wheel lists many abusive behaviors as well as positive behaviors shown by caregivers. 

Priorities for Improving the Health Care Response to Violence & Abuse

Published by Futures Without Violence (

Privacy Considerations When Posting Content Online

For those who want to be more protective of their online information -  some questions to consider when posting content online.

Quiz for Health Care Providers

Short quiz for health care providers to aid in understanding their role in screening and responding to cases of suspected domestic violence in a victim-centered manner.

Relocation TESS Talk 3-10-2014 materials
Report on the Effectiveness of Wisconsin Domestic Violence Victim Services
Restraining Orders in 2014: Current and Pending Changes ppt handouts

These powerpoint handouts are for registrants of the webinar "Restraining Orders in 2014: Current and Pending Changes" which will take place May 12, 2014, from 1-2 PM.  Information pertaining to restraining orders in Wisconsin changes from year to year.  Therefore, it is likely that the information contained in this handout will become out of date.  Please note the date of the presentation and consult End Domestic Abuse WI for updates as needed. 

Safety Planning

Choose the suggestions that make the most sense for you and your set of circumstances: Safety During an Explosive Incident, Preparing to Leave, After Leaving, If You Have Children, Safety & Emotional Health, General Safety Tips

Safety Planning for Survivors: Considerations Regarding Children

Safety planning considerations for domestic violence survivors with children.

Safety Planning: A guide for individuals with cognitive disabilities

This guide offers suggestions to caring individuals willing to help persons with cognitive disabilities who are being abused. Persons with cognitive disabilities may not recognize that they are being abused, or are afraid to tell anyone. This booklet guides individuals to create a safety plan with the cognitively disabled person that fits his or her specific needs depending on their level of functioning. 

Sample Document Destruction Policy
Send a Father's Day Card

Print and send this card to tell your father, a father-figure or an important male role-model in your life, what an important role he played in your life and that you sent a gift in his honor to help end domestic abuse.

Sheltering Animals & Families Together

Allie Philips is an attorney who has dedicated her career to helping victims of crime. She is an author and consultant who launched the Sheltering Animals & Families Together Program in 2008, originially called the PAWS Program. More information and resources can be found at:

Statewide Directors Meeting - September 10 & 11, 2014 - Handouts

The following handouts from the meeting and individual presentations can be printed or saved to your files.

Survivors and Leaders Say Domestic Violence Major Issue for State Economy, Budget
Tax Protections for Domestic Abuse Survivors Slides (handouts)

Tax Protections for Domestic Abuse Survivors Slides (handouts)

Helpful Links (handout)

from Mondays with Morgan webinar on February 10, 2014


Tech-Savvy Teens

Choose who gets to see your information. ESCOGE QUIÉN PUEDA VER TU INFORMACIÓN

Teen Dating Abuse Safety Plan

A teen safety plan with two sections: One for teens in abusive relationships, and another for teens who are considering breaking up with an abusive partner.