Action for DV Shelters and Services Funding Needed Today

Please forward widely!

As early as today, the Senate will vote on a funding bill that covers the full function of the federal government for fiscal year 2013.  Senator Harkin (D-IA) has introduced an amendment to the funding bill that will increase funding for domestic violence shelters and programs and the National Domestic Violence Hotline by $6.6 million.  Call your Senators today and urge them to “VOTE YES on the Harkin Amendment.” 

Action Steps:

1)    Call the Capitol switchboard at 888.269.5702 and ask the operator to connect you to your Senators.  If you don’t know who your Senators are, you can look them up here.  

2)    When you’re connected to their offices, tell the person who answers the phone:

  • I am a constituent from (city and state) and my name is _________.
  • I urge Senator____ to vote YES on Senator Harkin’s amendment to the fiscal year 2013 funding bill on the Senate floor.  It includes a much needed increase to domestic violence shelter funding that is distributed to every state and community, through the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) and funding for the National Domestic Violence Hotline.  (If you have time, include information about the need for shelter funding in your state.)
  • Thank you and I look forward to hearing that the Senator has voted for the Amendment. 


Selected Resources

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.


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.