Resources and Publications

Growing Together Focus Groups on Domestic Violence and Mother-Child Relationships

In 2011, WCADV conducted six adult and two youth focus groups at DV programs in eight locations around Wisconsin. The purpose of these groups was to understand more about how DV has affected mother-child relationships and learn more about what these mothers and children need from DV programs. The focus grops were supplemented with information gathered from children in support groups in local domestic violence programs.  Here are the final reports from the focus groups and the children’s support groups.

Guide to Training New Children and Youth Advocates

The guide offers an introduction to the basic knowledge and skills that are important for children and youth (CY) advocates in Wisconsin domestic violence programs. It is a training tool for new CY advocates and their supervisors to use together. The guide is divided into two sections. The “Knowledge” section includes topics that children and youth advocates should become familiar with. These topics are arranged in approximate order of their importance to the job. The “Skills” section includes skills needed to do the job. Each topic contains a link to one or more free, web-based resources that provide newly-hired children and youth advocates with a basic foundation in each of these important job-related topics. Suggestions for using the guide are included.

Handouts from the Northern Training, July 16 & 17, 2014

Here are electronic copies of handouts for those who attended the Northern Training this year at the Menominee Casino Resort in Keshena. All available handouts are posted here, including those that were distributed as hard copies as well as those that were not printed.

At the top of the list are handouts from Patti Bland, who presented a breakout session  on Thursday, July 17. Some of these are not labeled with her name.  All other handouts on the list are labeled with the name of the presenter.

Thanks for joining us, it was great to get together with everyone.  We hope it was a good experience for you, too.

Health Care Provider screening tools

1. Health Care Provider pocket screening card, developed by WCADV and the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation. Quantities available from WCADV.

2. Screening tool developed by the University of Wisconsin's Department of Family Medicine's Community Advisory Board of the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Physician Training Program in 2005.

HMIS Information for DV Advocates and Survivors

From NNEDV: A quick summary for Domestic Violence advocates of the March 2010 HMIS Final Regulations protecting the safety and privacy of victims of domestic violence.

Also Wisconsin ServicePoint policy for non-DV agencies serving domestic abuse clients, and a privacy card survivors can take with them to other agencies.

Just Delete Me

This website will guide you in removing accounts from many online services:

Kick Start Your Advocacy Skills Episode 2

Below is a link to a few pages of information for the participants of the April 30, 2014 Kick Start Your Advocacy Skills training in Rothschild.

Legislative Update May 2013


Four bills were recently introduced that attempt to create more effective protections for victims of domestic violence. The bills will likely get hearings in the coming weeks. Summaries of the bills are below.

Assembly Bill 187 – This bill would allow prosecutors and victims to present evidence of the full pattern of abuse in trials for domestic violence. One of the main challenges to prosecuting domestic violence is that the rules of evidence prohibit judges and juries from learning of perpetrators’ pattern of terror and coercive control. Defense attorneys know juries are likely to never know about the full campaign of violence and abuse, and therefore, defendants have the advantage at trial or in plea negotiations. As a result, many repeat and dangerous abusers face only minimal accountability.

Recognizing this inherent problem, a number of states have amended their rules of evidence to allow prosecutors to present a fuller picture of the domestic violence to judges and juries. Five states, including our neighbors, Michigan and Minnesota, have amended their rules of evidence to admit evidence of prior acts of domestic violence during prosecutions. The high courts of Kansas and Vermont have developed similar policies through case law.

Assembly Bill 175/Senate Bill 160 – This bill serves two purposes. First, the bill clarifies the intent and spirit of current law: that responding officers are to either arrest domestic violence perpetrators or file a report explaining why an arrest was not warranted. In the wake of the Azana Spa shooting in Brookfield, troubling information came to light regarding a lack of compliance with these aspects of Wisconsin’s domestic violence laws.

Second, the bill ensures that responding officers will refer victims to local services and resources for shelter and support. Many times domestic violence victims are traumatized by intense isolation and fear, and they are not able to effectively participate in the criminal justice process. Under the bill, law enforcement officers will provide victims with information about services in the community to improve the chances the intervention will result in true safety and healing.

Assembly Bill 176/Senate Bill 161 – This bill makes a number of needed technical improvements and refinements to Wisconsin’s restraining order statutes. Research shows that restraining orders are effective at reducing or eliminating abuse in most cases. We therefore support eliminating unnecessary barriers from the restraining order process.

The bill adds stalking as a basis for obtaining a domestic abuse restraining order. Stalking behavior is a key indicator of higher risk and lethality in domestic violence situations. Other important provisions include removing obstacles for child abuse victims who seek protection through restraining orders. The legislation protects the confidentiality of child victims in these proceedings, and consistent with federal law, prohibits courts from charging guardian ad litem fees to the child victim or to a parent who is not party to the case.

Assembly Bill 171/Senate Bill 153 - This bill allows victims to apply for restraining orders against out of state perpetrators who direct abuse at Wisconsinites or have caused victims to flee to Wisconsin.

Restraining orders are often practically unavailable to victims in these situations. With the advance of technology, victims are now exposed to abusive behavior through phone calls, text messages, email and social media. Wisconsin’s civil jurisdiction laws, which apply to restraining order cases, were not designed to respond to this type of conduct. As a result, victims are often told they must go to the abuser’s home state to get a valid restraining order. For these victims, doing so may very well be unsafe or practically impossible.


LGBT Power and Control Wheel

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Power & Control Wheel illustrates the behaviors and tactics an abusive partner will use to gain and maintain power and control over the person they are abusing.

LGBT Publications

A list of publications is provided to assist programs in providing inclusive services to LGBT victims and survivors. For easy access, each resource description includes a direct link to the publication.

LGBTQ People of Color

Gathered are a few additional LGBTQ resources with information on Domestic Violence and People of Color.

LGBTQ Program Providers

Gathered resources of LGBTQ Domestic Violence articles and publications for program providers and services.

LGBTQ Transgender

Gathered resources and publications for LGBTQ Trangenders


Gathered resources for LGBTQ youth and Domestic Violence.

Medical Power and Control Wheel

Originaly developed by Kenosha, Wisconsin's Pathways to Courage, demonstrates how the health care system can inadvertently increase danger and further entrap victims or, alternatively, be part of the solution.

Membership - Donation Forms

Please print out the appropriate form to mail. We appreciate your support!

Military victims/survivors handbook

Wisconsin handbook to assist victims/survivors of domestic abuse connected to the military.Coming soon!

MINCAVA Electronic Clearinghouse

The Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse has a library of publications on DV and children:

Mondays with Morgan Legal Issues for Mixed Families Handouts

Morgan Young's Mondays with Morgan webinar topic on July 21 was: Legal Issues for Mixed Families - How immigration status complicates system response.  This session discussed common complications for mixed status immigrant families, including custody and placement and public benefits. Supplemental handouts can be printed from the link below.  Beginning July 28 (one week after the webinar) these handouts will be accessible only to members who are logged in.

Mondays with Morgan: Divorce Process in WI 4/21/2014

Handout and powerpoint from this webinar below.

Ms. Magazine: What the Health Care Bill Means for Women

President Obama signed the 2,409–page health-care reform act into law March 23, 2010, and the analyses of its effects are beginning to come out. Some provisions go into effect immediately, others in 3-6 months, others in 2014. This article talks about how it will affect women and others:

My Safety Plan

A safety plan for children exposed to domestic violence.

National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) 

This site contains many resources to help you find the assistance, publications, data, information, and answers about elder abuse. 

National Center for Children Exposed to Violence

Information and links to resources:

National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life

Through advocacy and education, the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL) works everyday to improve victim safety, increase abuser accountability, expand coordinated community response, and ultimately, put an end to abuse in later life. Find a multitude of resources at

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

Provides national advocacy for local LGBT Programs and a vast amount of useful information, reports and resources.National Coalition:, New York City AVP:

National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP)

The goal of the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (NDBEDP) is to ensure that every person with combined hearing and vision loss has access to modern telecommunication tools and the training necessary to use them, granting every individual the opportunity to interact with the world as an involved, contributing member of society. Find more information at or call 800-825-4545/TTY 888-320-3656.

National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence Webinar Series
NHLP DV and housing newsletter Oct 2011
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

Here is a list of resources and links for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2013.

Facebook and Twitter

Don't forget to follow End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin on Facebook and Twitter, especially during DVAM. We'll be sharing DVAM-related events, stories and media throughout October.  

Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report 

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is a time for a number of memorials and awareness building activities in Wisconsin. Many communities use End Abuse's Wisconsin's Domestic Violence Homicide Reports to honor the victims of domestic violence homicide. You can find the 2011 & 2012 Wisconsin Domestic Violence Homicide Report here.

Governor's Proclamation

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is official! Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed this October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Wisconsin. 

The Domestic Violence Awareness Project 

The Domestic Violence Awareness Project is a one-stop-shop for Domestic Violence Awareness Month information, ideas and events. 

The National Network to End Domestic Violence

The National Network to End Domestic Violence will be releasing a different action each day for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. They call it, "31 Actions for DVAM." Find more information here.