Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence to now be: End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

Madison—Today, with state leaders, domestic violence victim advocates and survivors on hand, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WCADV) announced its name will now be End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin.

“Our new name aligns our identity with our mission,” said Patti Seger, executive director of the organization. “As Wisconsin’s voice for survivors and a membership organization comprised of advocates from across the state, working towards the end of domestic abuse in Wisconsin is the imperative that drives us.”

WCADV, now End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, has a 35-year history of advancing the interests of domestic violence victims and survivors by supporting local services and shelters, changing laws and policies and engaging communities around the state to end domestic abuse.

“When the first domestic violence shelters and service providers were created in the late 1970’s, local advocates realized that they needed to act on the state level, said Seger. “Since then, the Wisconsin Coalition Against Women Abuse, later WCADV, has been a catalyst for positive changes, such as the empowerment of survivors, expanded legal options for victims, the existence of victim services in all Wisconsin’s 72 counties and a focus on promoting healthy relationships and equality.”

Seger continued, “The change to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin in part signifies the reality that the next stage of progress on this issue requires the active commitment of the entire state. Domestic abuse is not the problem of victim advocates, social workers, police or judges. It is a social problem that is much bigger than any group or profession—we all must be part of the solution. Our new name is a call for all to be engaged.”

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.