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Economic Justice

Domestic violence results in a range of trauma-related consequences, including lack of support systems, drug/alcohol addiction, lack of basic life skills and a multitude of economic barriers. These issues foster conditions that cause domestic violence to thrive, contributing to unhealthy relationships and trapping victims in unhealthy environments. Sadly, in Wisconsin 21% of families (1.5 million persons, 27% of population) live at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Equally as important, many survivors of domestic violence identify economic issues as their chief concern. Pressing needs include: affordable housing; emergency assistance; living wage jobs; a path to economic self-sufficiency; and transportation.

Money and finances play an important role for many women when considering leaving an abusive partner. The devastation of leaving a home, income, benefits, and economic security behind are struggles that all survivors of domestic violence must overcome, regardless of their education, job skills and personal earning potential. Additionally, many survivors of domestic violence have nominal or no access to money or often have had their financial security destroyed by their abuser. Educational and vocational training are among the material and economic necessities crucial for survivors to escape the cycles of violence and poverty.

Wisconsin is home to a significant group of Russian, Hmong, Latino, Native Americans and African American people. We work with our sub-grantee to meet the unique needs of survivors from diverse populations. We understand that as a domestic violence movement we cannot achieve equality until we achieve justice. Thus, we place special emphasis on extending economic empowerment support and training to advocates who identify or who are working with people of color. Increasing financial literacy skills in community of color will assist survivors of abuse to gain economic stability and live a life free from intimate partner abuse, predatory lending and other systemic exploitation.    

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (WCADV)'s Economic Justice Program, with support from funds provided by the Allstate Foundation, supports survivors to build financial independence by addressing their unique economic needs. Our economic empowerment program provides resources to local programs to develop or enhance projects that address the singular or multitude of economic needs and challenges that survivors face.

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Family Financial Management Toolbox

This website is a quick and easy way for people who live in Wisconsin to find out if they are eligible for benefits. Help your clients learn what they are eligible for and apply online. Privacy and confidentiality are a priority. Spanish speakers who know how to read in Spanish can navigate easily if they know how to use a computer.
Family Financial Management Toolbox

Free Income Tax Preparation in Wisconsin

Free Income Tax Assistance: For more information click on your county for location and contacts in your area.

Economic Abuse Wheel

Based on the Duluth Model.

Access Health and Nutrition Benefits in Wisconsin

This website is a quick and easy way for people who live in Wisconsin to find out if they are eligible for benefits. Help your clients learn what they are eligible for and apply online. Privacy and confidentiality are a priority. Spanish speakers who know how to read in Spanish can navigate easily if they know how to use a computer.
www.access.wisconsin.gov

Get What You Need: Public Benefits Webinar Series 2016

What do you need to know to help victims and survivors gain access to public benefits?

This series will help you navigate different systems and sets of rules, including recent changes that could affect survivors and their families. Topics include Tax Protections, Getting Covered: Affordable Care or BadgerCare, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and Access to Housing Resources and Services.

Join each webinar live or catch it later! Each webinar is recorded and captioned. Follow the links to register for upcoming webinars or access the recording.


2016 Tax Protections for Domestic Abuse Survivors: January 20, 2016 

Get ready for tax season, and help those you work with to get the most out of their returns! To kick off the Get What You Need: Public Benefits Webinar Series, former End Abuse Immigration and Poverty Law Attorney Morgan Young discussed tax protections for domestic abuse survivors. Read more and access handoutsTo view and listen CLICK HERE. You will be directed to a short survey and link to the recorded webinar.


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): April 26, 2016  

Join Hal Menendez, Public Benefits and Health Law Priority Coordinator from Legal Action of Wisconsin, for this webinar exploring potential Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for survivors who have become disabled as a result of domestic abuse. To view and listen, CLICK HERE. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.


Landlord/Tenant Law: Critical Changes That Will Affect Victims of Domestic Abuse: August 24, 2016, 10-11am  

In this webinar, Tony Gibart, End Abuse Associate Director and former Policy Development Director, reviews recent changes to landlord/tenant law, focusing on evictions based on criminal activity and police involvement in removing residents who are not on written leases. The webinar also offers information and strategies to help survivors remain in their homes. Read more. Recorded webinar available soon.


Project-Based Housing and Housing Vouchers: October 18, 2016, 10-11am 

Join Tony Gibart and Megan Sprecher to learn about the project-based public housing and housing voucher options in Wisconsin. Safe affordable housing is integral in helping clients leave and stay out of abusive relationships. Advocates will learn about domestic violence protections, the application process, and how to appeal if a client’s housing or housing voucher is denied or terminated.

Tony Gibart, current Associate Director and former Public Policy Director at End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, monitors, analyzes and influences state policy as it relates to domestic violence. Megan L. Sprecher is the Immigration and Poverty Law Attorney at End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. Prior to joining End Abuse, Megan was a Senior Attorney for The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland for eight years. CLICK HERE to register by October 17


Affordable Care Act and Medicaid: November 8, 2016, 10-11am 

Just in time for open enrollment for the healthcare marketplace (“Obamacare”)! Join End Abuse staff Tony Gibart and Megan Sprecher to learn about who qualifies for Medicaid and the healthcare marketplace in Wisconsin and how to help your clients apply/appeal a negative decision. CLICK HERE to register by November 7. 


W-2 and Emergency Assistance, A Lifeline for Clients: December 2, 2016, 10-11am 

Join End Abuse Immigration and Poverty Law Attorney Megan Sprecher to learn how to help your clients apply for W-2 cash benefits and appeal a negative decision. Learn about special protections for domestic violence survivors such as extension of benefits and good cause for not pursuing child support. CLICK HERE to register by December 1.


Coming in 2017: Tax Payer Advocate

End Abuse will host a webinar about the Tax Payer Advocate, a Service of the IRS which may assist victims of domestic abuse and tax fraud. Stay tuned for details at www.endabusewi.org!

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: http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2010/03/24/what-the-health-care-bill-means-for-women

2016 Tax Protections for Domestic Abuse Survivors Recorded Webinar

Get ready for tax season, and help those you work with to get the most out of their returns! To kick off the Get What You Need: Public Benefits Webinar Series, Morgan Young, Immigration & Poverty Law Attorney, discussed tax protections for domestic abuse survivors. This recording includes information about various tax credits, specific provisions for domestic abuse survivors, claiming children as dependents during family law disputes, tax ramifications of the Affordable Care Act, and more. 

To view and listen CLICK HERE. You will be directed to a short survey and link to the recorded webinar.

Handouts are below.