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Outreach to Underserved Communities

End Domestic Abuse WI has a long history of supporting underserved and under-represented communities - including communities of color, those in later life, the LQBTQI+ community, people with disabilities, children and youth, immigrants and refugees, and tribal communities - in determining best practices for their own spaces, ensuring the safety of all affected by domestic violence, and improving perpetrator accountability.

We work to improve responsiveness of service providers, health and legal systems, the faith community, and advocacy organizations to community-specific needs.

Our activities with or on behalf of these groups are determined by and led by those who are currently experiencing or who have formerly experienced domestic violence and their respective communities. We focus primarily on survivor-led efforts which involve grassroots and community-based groups.

Examples of this work include:


WE LEAD is a yearlong leadership academy which focuses on building new voices of leadership within the movement to end gender-based violence by providing hands-on leadership development opportunities for survivors of violence and/or people from Wisconsin’s underserved or under-represented communities.

The Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is an annual conference by and for advocates and activists of color in Wisconsin. It is a safe space for folks that identify as people of color who work, volunteer, or intern in domestic violence, sexual assault, or similar fields of gender-based violence work. This conference is intended to be a safe space specifically for people of color.

The Leadership Circle

The Leadership Circle is a group comprised of members from the under-served populations of WI who have shown experience and dedication to the healing of victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Facilitated by the REACH Coordinators of End Abuse, the group meets quarterly at various locations within Wisconsin to share their experiences, concerns, and latest initiatives in partnership with each other and End Abuse’s programming and staff. In addition, the Leadership Circle is encouraged to develop their own projects as a group that will complement their mission: "To identify societal issues and disparities that support oppression and to provide ideas to restore all affected by domestic violence."

The LGBTQ Committee

The LGBTQ Committee is a statewide committee comprised of individuals who self-identify as LGBTQ and allies that raise awareness through prevention and education, giving voice to people who are marginalized based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation whose lives have been affected by all violence, including sexual, domestic, and intimate partner. For more information go to LGBTQ Committee Overview or contact Cody Warner

Refugee Family Strengthening Programs (RFSP’s)

Between 2009 and 2011, we created outreach specifically to support Hmong and Southeast Asian Refugee Family Strengthening programs using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


Located throughout WI, RFSP’s address specific needs of refugee communities and help refugees maintain self-sufficiency by addressing family violence through prevention, education, and intervention. This list includes RFSPs for Hmong, Cambodian, and Russian refugees.

Working with Tribal Programs

Since 2000, working closely with tribal programs around the state in addition to enjoying a close relationship with the statewide tribal coalition, American Indians Against Abuse.

WI’s Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project

Collaborating for over a decade with Disability Rights Wisconsin, Deaf Unity, and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault to support appropriate and effective services for people with disabilities and Deaf who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. 

The National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL)

A project of End Abuse, NCALL is a nationally-recognized leader on program development, policy, technical assistance, and training that addresses the nexus between domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Selected Resources:

LGBTQ Webinar Series

These webinars are part of a series which 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 by exploring how to develop non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.


LGBTQ 101: Terminology, Concepts, & LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence

 (Recorded 2/17/15)


This webinar includes a brief LGBTQ history, terms and concepts related to LGBTQ identities, and similarities and differences between IPV in LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ relationships. 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 3/10/15)


This webinar is about policies to promote inclusion of both LGBTQ clients and employees. 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 below.

Diversity, Multiculturalism & Anti-Oppression

Created by the Access Committee of the Governor’s Council, this Anti-Oppression Manual for domestic abuse programs in Wisconsin was created to help explore ways in which an anti-oppression framework can be applied to our work on a daily basis to end domestic violence.

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Coalition Chronicles 28-3: Racism

December 2009 Issue: At its core, domestic violence is a form of oppression. Victims of color, immigrant and/or refugee victims often also face the oppression of racism, causing greater barriers and intersecting layers of abuse. As a movement, we are challenged to examine the ways that our own individual and institutional racism contribute to disparate services for victims of color.

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Coalition Chronicles 29-4: Connected Cultures

December 2010 Issue: Through End Abuse's Connected Cultures Leadership Institute (CCLI), we engaged in a year-long educational process with survivors of violence and/or women from communities of color. Many of the 2010 CCLI graduates contributed to this issue of the End Abuse Coalition Chronicles.

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Report: Focus Groups Conducted with African American Female Victims of Domestic Violence in WI, 2014

Data show that African American women victims are over-represented as recipients of local domestic violence program services in WI, and in the rates of intimate partner homicide, both as victims and as perpetrators. During 2012 and 2013, End Abuse held a series of focus groups to amplify the voices of the women whose stories were behind the statistics. African American women survivors of domestic abuse shared their experiences, opinions and ideas during these meetings.

We learned through our discussions with these women that they greatly appreciate the work of local domestic violence agencies. We also heard how profoundly their stories were shaped by the legacy of historical trauma, institutional racism, and discrimination, and for some women, chronic and acute poverty. Read the full report for more information about this critical issue.

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Webinar: African American Women Survivors in WI: Focus Group Findings

During this webinar, Juanita Davis and Patti Seger discuss the findings from focus groups conducted with African American female victims of domestic violence, and explored ways these findings can inform and transform our work.

Click Here to View Webinar (recorded 10/28/2014)


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We envision communities fully engaged to provide safety and to give a voice to all affected by domestic abuse, while creating the social change necessary to address its root causes. We honor the wisdom and strength of domestic abuse survivors across the lifespan. Our mission is achievable through survivor-centered work that includes strategic partnerships and collaboration. As advocates for social justice, we embrace the voices of diverse communities.