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End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin (WCADV) designs training primarily for domestic violence victim advocates in Wisconsin. We conduct regional and statewide training events in centrally located facilities, web-based seminars, and customized on-site training for staff and boards of domestic violence programs.

Training for advocates focuses on both practical and philosophical concerns related to anti-domestic violence work. For these trainings, we rely on local advocates as well as state and national speakers to share their expertise.  Additionally, we deliver domestic violence-related training to professionals in numerous systems such as legal, law enforcement, health care, and social services.

Training not only educates, but also provides opportunities for networking and coalition building locally, statewide and nationally, that are critical to our work.   For a training calendar and more information about individual training events, see our Events page.

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New Advocate Manual

The New Advocate Manual welcomes new advocates to End Domestic Abuse WI, and provides an entry to learning about many different aspects of advocacy. It was created as a supplement to in-person and on-the-job training for new advocates at domestic abuse programs. It also serves as an access point to resources that include publications, handouts, videos, recorded webinars, websites, organizations and e-learning modules; some have been created by End Abuse, but much of the content has been created by others.

Below is an introduction to the manual and nine separate sections. Each is a document that can be printed for easier reading, but should also be used electronically to link to embedded resources. We recommend that you read each section and follow links to explore resources as appropriate. Because these resources are so varied, the ways you might best use them will also vary. For example, some are short video clips or handouts that can be easily absorbed as you read the section in which they appear. Others are longer webinars or manuals that require more time. Some links are reference materials, perhaps leading you to an organization or service that you may need down the road, so just knowing how to access it later is important. Some of the resources will be more useful than others, depending on your specific role within your agency. For example, section 8, Communal Living, is less relevant to those who work in agencies that do not have a shelter. We hope this manual empowers you with knowledge and resources as you join the community of advocates in Wisconsin!

Statewide Directors Meeting - September 10 & 11, 2014 - Handouts

The following handouts from the meeting and individual presentations can be printed or saved to your files.

Prevention: Men as Allies

November 27, 2012 webinar recording

This webinar explored promising local initiatives that engage men, and ways to develop an approach to mobilizing men in your community.  Presented by Molly Zemke, Prevention Program Coordinator from Domestic Abuse Intervention Services.

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Prevention: Voices of Men - Stepping Up and Speaking Out

December 12, 2012 webinar recording

The Fox Valley community has mobilized men and boys to address violence against women and girls. This webinar discussed current initiatives undertaken by Voices of Men and ways the initiative might be replicated in other communities. Presented by: Dave Willems, Fox Valley Voices of Men member, volunteer, and program consultant; and Julie Fevola, Executive Director, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services.

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Other Acts Evidence: Recent Legislative Changes 2-18-2015 Recorded Webinar (approximately 60 minutes)

On February 18, 2015, End Abuse and the WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault  co-hosted this webinar by Assistant Attorneys General Audrey Skwierawski and Miriam Falk, discussing the anticipated impact of this important legislative change.

View and listen to the recorded webinar now. (You will be directed to respond to two questions and then go on to the recording.) Handouts can be downloaded below.

Description: In 2014 the WI legislature significantly expanded the ability of prosecutors to introduce evidence of prior acts by the defendant in domestic violence and sexual assault cases.  It is hoped that this new broader standard will help prosecutors provide juries with a more complete picture of the defendant’s history and behavior resulting in increased offender accountability.

The change requires that law enforcement officers take a complete history of the defendant’s prior actions and  that prosecutors be able to explain these behaviors using well established DV/SA dynamics.  It may also require increased expert testimony.  Victims may be asked to provide more information than they have in the past, both to law enforcement and to the jury.   The advocate will likely be called upon to explain to victims why this information is being collected and how it can be useful in holding offenders accountable.  Advocates who testify as expert witnesses may be called more frequently in order to explain the additional contextual information being presented at trial.

This webinar discussed the statutory change and provided illustrations of how the change may impact victims and advocates.  All advocates who discuss criminal proceedings with clients and those who may serve as expert witnesses will benefit from this recorded webinar.

LGBTQ 101: Terminology, Concepts & LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence (Recorded 2.17.2015)

THIS RECORDING

This webinar focuses on increasing knowledge about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) identities in an effort to provide inclusive services to these communities and to prevent discrimination, harassment, and bullying.  After completing the recorded webinar, viewers will be able to understand a brief LGBTQ history, describe terms and concepts related to LGBTQ identities, and explain similarities and differences between IPV in LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ relationships.

THE SERIES

It is the first of a three-part series about inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals, and how to develop non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.

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. Webinars 2 and 3 are: Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Environment and Services for LGBTQ People, and 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.  

GO TO RECORDING

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

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.

Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Environment and Services for LGBTQ People (Recorded 3/3/2015)

THIS RECORDING

This webinar is about creating an inclusive environment for LGBTQ clients.  It explores which areas of service provision, physical and otherwise, can communicate inclusion to LGBTQ people.  After viewing the webinar, participants will be able to address beliefs that inhibit inclusion of LGBTQ people, provide solutions to common questions about LGBTQ services, and name concrete steps to improve services. See Details for more information and to register.

THE SERIES

It is the second of a three-part series about inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals, and how to develop non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.

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. 

GO TO RECORDING

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

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.

Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People (Recorded 3-10-2015)

THIS RECORDING

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

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.

Recorded Webinar-The Neurobiology of Trauma: Understanding Victim Behavior 3-12-2015

For this webinar, Olga Trujillo combines her lived experience of violence with the science of trauma and violence on the brain to help participants explore how they may enhance their trauma-informed responses. This session examines the struggles criminal justice professionals face in handling domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse cases and explores efforts that can be undertaken to improve their ability to investigate these cases and assess credibility.

Olga Trujillo is an attorney, speaker, author and survivor. Her experience over the past 26 years has been as an attorney and as a consultant to many local, state and national organizations.  Olga is featured in the video “A Survivor’s Story”, a documentary and training video based on her personal experience of violence. Her numerous articles and publications include “The Sum of My Parts," a 2011 memoir for New Harbinger Publications,  and “Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Also Experiencing Trauma and Mental Health Challenges,” 2012 Handbook for Attorneys, which she co-authored.  Olga currently writes a blog for Psychology Today.

VIEW AND LISTEN. You will be directed to a short survey and the link to the recorded webinar.

Jurisdiction: Obtaining a Restraining Order When Abuse Crosses State Lines 6-19-2015

End Domestic Abuse WI's Tess Meuer, Director of Justice Systems and Tony Gibart, the Public Policy Director will discuss the three components which allow courts to have jurisdiction (authority) to hear a case: subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction and venue. In addition, they will discuss the recently passed WI 2015 Act 4 [now the law] which extends authority of WI courts to have personal jurisdiction in cases where abuse crosses state lines. Finally, they will give helpful examples of how new personal jurisdiction law (Act 4) applies in interstate abuse cases.

You can view 2015 Wisconsin Act 4 prior to the webinar HERE

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

The Status of Same-Sex Marriage in Wisconsin After Obergerfell v. Hodges (webinar recorded 7.15.2015)

This presentation by Attorney Chris Krimmer considered the current (as of July 15, 2015) status of same-sex marriage in Wisconsin including a discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Obergerfell v. Hodges. The Obergerfell decision may be historically the most important civil rights case for gay men and lesbians. In this decision, the Supreme Court determined whether the fundamental right to marriage under the U.S. Constitution included the right of same-sex couples to marry.

The decision was pivotal for Wisconsin's federal case granting the right to marry to same-sex couples, or opening the door for the state's ban on same-sex marriage to be reinstated. In addition to a discussion of the right to marry, Attorney Krimmer addressed the unique aspects of divorce for gay and lesbian couples who married, and how to divide property and address custodial issues impacting children of a gay or lesbian couple who never married but ended their relationship. The webinar aslo discussed how lawyers apply a variety of family law statutes that reference gender such as "husband" and "wife" in the context of same-sex marriage such as the statutes involving step-parent adoptions and the marital presumption of children born during marriage.

Chris Krimmer is a family law attorney and partner at Balisle & Roberson, S.C., in Madison.

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

Advocacy for People Who Are Victims of Abuse in Later Life (webinar recorded 10/1/2015)

If you are new to advocacy for victims of abuse in later life, listen to this recorded webinar! You will gain a basic understanding of the dynamics of abuse in later life, and how it differs substantially from the experiences of younger people who are abused.  

CJ Doxtater (End Domestic Abuse WI, REACH Coordinator) and Ann Turner (National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life, Elder Victim Service & Advocacy Coordinator) led the discussion. The webinar is less than 60 minutes long.

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

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.

Serving LGBTQ Youth Victims & Survivors Webinar Recording 6-1-2016

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth who experience intimate partner violence often have unique needs in seeking help from domestic abuse and sexual assault services providers. This webinar builds on the 2015 webinar series on serving LGBTQ people and covers terminology, ways to create a welcoming and inclusive environment, and policies – all specific to LGBTQ youth.  

Presenter Molly Herrmann is a long-term member, and currently co-chairs, the statewide LGBTQ IPV Committee supported by End Abuse WI and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

DCF supports this training to comply with recent Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) federal requirements. All staff of DCF domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding must view each webinar live (February and March 2015, and June 2016) or recorded.

GO TO RECORDING

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

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION AND ADDITIONAL RESOURCES When you have completed the recorded webinar, download the certificate below to complete.  Handouts are also available for download. 

 

Legal Advocacy Updates - June 21, 2016

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin's Tess Meuer discusses recent legislative changes to restraining orders currently in effect or going into effect July 1, 2016. This webinar will discuss the following changes to restraining order law.

  •  Pet Legislation: prohibiting pet abuse and/or allowing retrieval of a pet
  •  Service Legislation: requiring the clerk to provide the sheriff with a copy of the Temporary Restraining Order and injunction for service
  • Cell Phone Legislation: that may enable some individuals to get out of a family plan contract and maintain their phone number
  • E-filing Rules: allowing counties to do e-filing of restraining orders.

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