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Legal Services

Our legal team is a leader in educating advocates, attorneys, judges and others on the best responses to domestic abuse. In addition, we advocate for changes in laws and legal practices to improve the legal system for survivors.  

On an ongoing basis, we are teaching legal professionals in Wisconsin about restraining orders, family law, economic support, immigration law, criminal law and much more.  We offer statewide trainings and webinars, but also commonly respond to the training needs to local communities with sessions that are tailored to unique issues as they emerge. 

We seek improvement to the legal system in collaboration with a number of other stakeholders and agencies.  Working together, in concert with local advocates and other concerned individuals, we have accomplished a lot and continue to push for greater equity and justice. 

The legal department offers a law school externship program which allows law school and paralegal students to work here, providing assistance with research and the creation of training materials and resources. 

See our Education page for more information about legal trainings and webinars.


Overview of WI and Federal Domestic Abuse Laws

Overview of State and Federal Laws Impacting Victims of Domestic Violence | Download Document

Criminal Laws Protecting Domestic Abuse Victims

Mandatory Arrest Checklist | Download Document

Domestic Abuse Surcharges in Wisconsin | Download Document

WI Restraining Orders

Restraining Orders in Wisconsin | Download Document

Two-Part Process to Obtain Restraining Order in Wisconsin | Download Document

Domestic Abuse Restraining Order Checklist | Download Document

Child Abuse Restraining Order Checklist | Download Document

Individuals at Risk Restraining Order Checklist | Download Document

Harassment Restraining Order Checklist | Download Document

Full Faith and Credit of Restraining Orders Checklist | Download Document

Restraining Order Forms with Web Links | Download Document

Family Law Issues Impacting Victims of Domestic Abuse

Wisconsin Divorce Flowchart | Download Document

Mandatory and Permissive Deviations from Joint Custody Presumption | Download Document

Wisconsin Guardian ad Litem Statutory Responsibilities in Family Law Cases | Download Document

Legal Custody and Physical Placement Orders when Domestic Abuse is Alleged | Download Document

Form for Power of Attorney, Delegating Parental Power | Download Document


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We envision communities fully engaged to provide safety and to give a voice to all affected by domestic abuse, while creating the social change necessary to address its root causes. We honor the wisdom and strength of domestic abuse survivors across the lifespan. Our mission is achievable through survivor-centered work that includes strategic partnerships and collaboration. As advocates for social justice, we embrace the voices of diverse communities.