End Abuse hosts trainings and events related to preventing and ending domestic abuse, and works to keep advocates and allies informed of trends, resources, policies, and practices that have an impact on survivors, families, and communities affected by domestic abuse.

For an overview of the types of trainings we offer, view an annual summary of our core trainings and our trainings on emerging issues here!

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Registration for our trainings opens 6-8 weeks in advance of the training. In addition to our upcoming events (see below), we host two ongoing training groups that meet regularly throughout the year: New Directors University (NDU) & WE LEAD.

New Directors University

In this year-long workshop, new directors from around the state gather to discuss important aspects of leadership and service provision to victims of domestic violence. Areas covered include working with the board of directors, grant writing, budgeting and finance management, and community and organizational leadership. This group is open to new directors with 3 years and less experience, and promotes networking and connections. The application process is now closed for the current session, which begins on January 9. For information about applying for upcoming years please email dianew@endabusewi.org or kathrync@endabusewi.org.

2019 NDU sessions take place in Madison at the End Abuse offices on the following dates:

  • January 9
  • February 15
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • June 13
  • July 11
  • August 7
  • October 10
  • November 14
  • December 12
WE LEAD

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 current WE LEAD cohort meets regularly from May 24, 2018 through March 29, 2019. Applications for the 2018-2019 cohort are now closed.  

For more information about WE LEAD, contact Danny Ho at dannyh@endabusewi.org.

2019 WE LEAD sessions take place in Madison at the End Abuse offices on the following dates:

  • January 24-25 (2018-19 cohort)
  • March 28-29 (2018-19 cohort)
  • May 30-31 (2019-20 cohort)
  • July 25-26 (2019-20 cohort)
  • September 26-27 (2019-20 cohort)
  • November 21-22 (2019-20 cohort)

Upcoming events

Teen Summit

The annual Teen Summit is End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s largest training, bringing youth, parents, educators, activists, and mentors from all over Wisconsin to learn about healthy relationships, teen dating violence, and sexual assault within a larger anti-oppression framework. We include educational and enthusiastic plenary speakers, as well as topic-related performances. We are expecting our highest attendance yet, with up to 700 anticipated attendees!

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Homicide Prevention Roundtable

According to End Abuse's latest annual Homicide Report, in 2018, individuals died in WI due to domestic violence at a rate of 1 death every 7 1/2 days. Spend a day learning with & from others that are engaged in domestic violence homicide prevention efforts, and be a part of improving these grave statistics for our state.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Gateway Technical College Racine Campus

Homicide Prevention Roundtable

According to End Abuse's latest annual Homicide Report, in 2018, individuals died in WI due to domestic violence at a rate of 1 death every 7 1/2 days. Spend a day learning with & from others that are engaged in domestic violence homicide prevention efforts, and be a part of improving these grave statistics for our state.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Western Wisconsin (location TBD)

Foundations of Advocacy

This training is designed for new domestic abuse and sexual assault advocates. For two days, participants will gather to review DV dynamics, trauma, counseling basics, and advocating within systems. We will practice advocacy skills and self‐care during this interactive training.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild

Basic Restraining Order Training

This training is designed for any advocate who will assist individuals to obtain restraining orders.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild

Spring Statewide Directors Meeting

Domestic violence, sexual assault, and tribal executive directors meet for two days to learn, share, challenge, and enhance sexual assault and domestic violence services in our state.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Hotel Marshfield

Past events

Identifying & Serving Human Trafficking Survivors at Domestic Abuse Programs

Different systems focus on different aspects of trafficking; one system cannot adequately address the problem and no services are designed to meet all the needs of trafficking victims. How do domestic abuse programs fit into this picture? Today we are...

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West | 2303 N Mayfair Rd, Milwaukee, WI 53226

Basic Restraining Order Training

This training is designed for any advocate who will assist individuals to obtain restraining orders. Participants will learn how to help a victim assess whether they want a restraining order and explain the process to obtain one, determine eligibility for...

Thursday, November 14, 2019

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Sheraton Madison Hotel | 706 John Nolan Drive, Madison, WI 53703

Foundations of Advocacy

This training is currently at capacity. To be placed on the registration waitlist, please email Colleen at colleenc@endabusewi.org

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Sheraton Madison Hotel | 706 John Nolan Drive, Madison, WI 53703

Regional Advocate Day of Training: Southeastern Region

Please join us at this year’s Southeast RAD (regional advocate day for training), a free training designed for folks working in gender-based violence.  We will be at the Dr. John Bryant Community Center in Racine on October 4.  This year, we are honored to feature Kathy Flores of Diverse & Resilient and Milly Gonzales of HELP of Door County. 

Friday, October 4, 2019

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Dr. John Bryant Community Center: 601 21st St, Racine, WI 53403

SA/DV/Tribal Fall Statewide Directors Meeting

This 1.5 day statewide gathering of statewide sexual assault, domestic violence, and tribal directors will cover topics of how our work fits into the larger social change arena, as well as confidentiality and serving minors. It is co-hosted by AIAA, End Abuse, and WCASA.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lake of the Torches, Lac du Flambeau

Soar Above Gala and Charity Event

Join us for a charity fundraiser filled with celebration, networking, reflection, and strengthening of the movement to end abuse and oppression. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s fourth Annual Soar Above Gala and Fundraiser will be one of the first major events held at the historic Garver Feed Mill following the completion of its stunning renovation. Catering features a top-notch selection of Underground Catering's mouthwatering appetizers. A cash bar provides your perfect beverage.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Garver Feed Mill, 3241 Garver Green, Madison, WI 53704

Regional Advocacy Day of Training: Western Region

During the 2019 Western RAD, we will split the day into two topics - Homicide Prevention & LGBTQ+ Inclusivity - and have experts present on each topic, with input and opportunities to share experiences from attendees. 

Friday, September 6, 2019

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Bolton Refuge House: 807 S. Farwell St. Eau Claire, WI 54701

Regional Advocate Day of Training: Northeastern Region

In this training - open to advocates statewide - Ann Laatsch from the National Clearinghouse on Abuse In Later Life (NCALL) will present on Abuse in Later Life, and CJ Doxtater from End Abuse will facilitate a focused conversation on Trauma Informed Practices.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Harbor House: 720 W 5th St, Appleton, WI 54914

Regional Advocate Day of Training (RAD): Northern Region

On Friday, August 2, join us in Medford for the Northern Regional Advocate Day of Training (RAD), where we will discuss legal services from Judicare and issues involving Guradians ad Litem. Registration opens June 17!

Friday, August 2, 2019

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Northcentral Technical College, 1001 Progressive Ave, Medford, WI 54451

AMPLIFY Advocates of Color Conference 2019

Amplify is an annual free conference by and for advocates of color in Wisconsin. It is a safe space, ONLY for folks that identify as people of color and/or Native/Indigenous, a space for folks that work in the domestic violence,...

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - Friday, June 28, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn Milwaukee Park Place, Milwaukee

Regional Advocate Day of Training (RAD): Southern Region

On Tuesday June 18, join us in Madison for the Southern Regional Advocate Day of Training (RAD). We will focus on multi-abuse trauma, encompassing gender-based violence, substance use and mental illness. We are excited to welcome presenter Michelle Murray of...

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Goodman Community Center Brassworks Building (Bea Christensen Room): 214 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI 53704; phone (608) 241-1574

Supporting Families Who Have Experienced Trauma

Many families who seek our help have lived through multiple traumatic experiences in which domestic abuse has been prominent. The wounds of childhood trauma often drive behavior, feelings, and attitudes into adulthood, and play a powerful role in parenting. This...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - Thursday, June 6, 2019

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

St Norbert College, De Pere

DV Homicide Prevention Roundtable

In 2016, Wisconsin experienced the highest number of domestic violence-related homicides since End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin began tracking this information in the year 2000. Spend a day learning about and discussing ways that we can work together to reduce this grim statistic.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton

Basic Restraining Order Training

This training is designed for any advocate who will assist individuals to obtain restraining orders. Participants will learn how to help a victim assess whether they want a restraining order and explain the process to obtain one, determine eligibility for different types of orders, and assist a victim to complete a petition and to prepare for court. Recent legislation related to restraining orders will be covered. This training will also be offered in the Fall. See the flyer and agenda for additional details.

Friday, May 17, 2019

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point, WI 54482

Foundations of Advocacy

This training is designed for new domestic abuse and sexual assault advocates. For two days participants will gather to review DV dynamics, trauma, counseling basics, and advocating within systems. Participants will have time for practicing skills and self-care during this highly interactive training, which is also offered in the Fall. Registration is now at capacity. If you work at a domestic violence agency and would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact Colleen Cox at colleenc@endabusewi.org. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - Thursday, May 16, 2019

Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54482

Spring Statewide Directors Meeting

Domestic violence, sexual assault and tribal executive directors meet for two days - May 8th & 9th - to learn, share, challenge and enhance sexual assault and domestic violence services in our state. End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin co-sponsors the meeting with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault and American Indians Against Abuse. The fall meeting takes place in September. Registration is NOT yet open, but registration information and additional details will be available soon!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Thursday, May 9, 2019

9:00 am

Best Western Plus Eau Claire Conference Center

Economic Empowerment Train the Trainer: Western Region

Please join End Abuse Director of Education & Membership Services Kathryn Chapman, who will provide information on Financial Empowerment using the Allstate Purple Purse Curriculum, Moving Ahead Through Financial Management.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Northside Policing Center at 713 St. James St. La Crosse, WI 54603

Webinar: Language Access: A Lifesaver for Survivors

Join Carmel Capati, Court Interpreter Program Manager of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and Megan Sprecher, Immigration and Poverty Law Attorney at End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, for a webinar about language access. Learn about how and when agencies and organizations that receive federal funding need to provide interpreting services and written translations to people with limited English proficiency. This webinar will focus especially on language access for survivors.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Economic Empowerment Train the Trainer: Northern Region

Please join End Abuse Director of Education and Membership Services Kathryn Chapman and CASDA Shelter Program Coordinator Joanne Sanders, who will provide information on Financial Empowerment using the Allstate Purple Purse Curriculum, Moving Ahead Through Financial Management.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

CASDA: 318 21st Ave E, Superior, WI 54880

Legislative Advocacy Day

Join advocates and survivors from all around the state in Madison to advocate with elected officials on issues that are critical to the safety and empowerment of Wisconsin survivors of gender-based violence!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Madison Concourse & Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison

Annual Teen Summit

From February 24th - 26th, teens and adult mentors are invited to this annual event that focuses on healthy relationships, teen dating violence, and sexual assault.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

3:00 pm

Kalahari Resorts, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Economic Empowerment Train the Trainer: Northeastern Region

Please join End Abuse Director of Education and Membership Services Kathryn Chapman and Harbor House Women's Advocate Michelle Ruhl-Ortiz, who will provide information on Financial Empowerment using the Allstate Purple Purse Curriculum, Moving Ahead Through Financial Management.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Harbor House: 720 W 5th St. Appleton, WI

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