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Action Alert: Tell Your State Representative to Support the SAFE Act
Your Voice is Needed to Prevent Domestic Violence Homicides. Tell your State Representative to Support the SAFE Act.
Since 2000, over 50 people in Wisconsin have been killed by domestic abusers who were legally prohibited from possessing a gun. Some of these abusers had domestic abuse restraining orders issued against them that specifically required them to surrender their guns. Yet, in many Wisconsin counties, no one verifies that abusers actually turn in their guns, which leaves victims at greater risk.
New legislation would ensure that abusers who are banned under current law from possessing guns are asked about firearms they own or possess after they are subject to a restraining order. Abusers who have guns would be held accountable for complying with the law.
Please call or email your State Representative and tell him or her to support AB 464, the SAFE Act (Stopping Abuse Fatalities through Enforcement). See below for talking points and a sample email.
"Hello, my name is ____ and I am a constituent, from [your town or city and program, if applicable]."
"I urge Representative [last name] to support AB 464 from Representative Bies."
The legislation creates a procedure so that the laws we already have to protect victims and prevent domestic violence homicides actually work.
A study found that victims felt safer with these procedures in place and that officials reported the procedures were not burdensome.
The bills will not affect the rights of anyone who is currently able to possess a gun.
Nationally and in Wisconsin, more domestic violence homicides are committed with guns than by all other methods combined.
Since 2000, over 50 people in Wisconsin have been killed by domestic abusers who were legally prohibited from possessing a gun
Dear Representative [Name]:
I am writing to urge you to support AB 464, the SAFE Act (Stopping Abuse Fatalities through Enforcement) My name is [Your Name] from [city and program, if applicable].
This bill will help enforce current laws, which are intended to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. Since 2000, over 50 people in Wisconsin have been shot and killed by domestic abusers who were legally prohibited from possessing a gun.
AB 464 will not affect the rights of anyone who is currently allowed to possess a gun. The legislation only creates a procedure to ensure that the current relinquishment requirement is enforced as part of the restraining order process. These procedures have already been successfully piloted in four Wisconsin counties. A study found that victims felt safer with the procedures in place and that officials reported the procedures were not burdensome.
Again, I urge you to support this life-saving legislation. Thank you for your consideration.
[Your Name, City]
2015-2016 End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin Legislative Agenda
This document summarizes End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin's top priorities for legislative advocacy during the 2015 to 2016 biennium. In determining what legislative efforts to support, End Abuse consults regularly with domestic violence programs, survivors of domestic violence, coordinated community response teams, and other professionals who work to address domestic violence. Our Legislative Agenda is a work in progress. We encourage legislators, local domestic violence programs, survivors and other professionals to contact us with potential legislative initiatives throughout the session.
Voting Guide for Advocates and Survivors
This guide is meant to help advocates assist their clients with the voting process. With recent law changes and court decisions, even the basics of how to cast a ballot can be very confusing The guide covers voter registeration, ID requirements and determining where to vote.
Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People (Recorded 3-10-2015)
This webinar is about policies to promote inclusion of both LGBTQ clients and employees. After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to list the types of policies that support an environment free of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ people, describe ways to assist staff in understanding and following the policies, and list the elements of a plan to monitor claims, address them seriously, and document their corrective action(s).
VIEW AND LISTEN. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.
The series is provided by the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Domestic Abuse Program, and presented by Molly Herrmann, statewide training consultant and member of the End Domestic Abuse WI and WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ Committee. Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. Webinar 3 is Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment of LGBTQ People.
The series offers a wonderful opportunity to reflect on organization practices and culture, and to build bridges between existing knowledge and skills and innovative, emerging practices, while also meeting the DCF training requirement.
All staff of DCF domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding must view each webinar live (February and March 2015) or recorded.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
When you have completed the recorded webinar, download the certificate below. It can be completed electronically or by hand and printed. Handouts are also available for download.