End Abuse offers trainings designed to meet the ongoing needs of advocates and activists, many of whom work for local domestic abuse programs. We offer core trainings on issues that consistently serve to prepare advocates to assist victims and survivors, as well as opportunities to explore issues that have emerged as particularly relevant for survivors & advocates.

For some trainings, coalition members will be given priority registration, and non-members will be put on a waitlist when space is limited.

End Abuse Trainings Overview
View a printable Overview of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin Training Programs here.

Our Legal Trainings series takes place throughout the year, covering a range of legal topics that intersect with domestic abuse. We provide an as-requested training called Providing Inclusive Services to LGBTQ Victims & Survivors, free to member programs of End Abuse and the WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA), as well as to their collaborating partners. We offer two annual cohort trainings (applications required): New Directors University for new directors from WI domestic violence programs, and WE LEAD, focusing on building new voices of leadership for survivors and/or people from marginalized communities. We recently launched GRACE: a free, virtual support group for WI adults who have been impacted by domestic violence homicide. Find more information on these offerings below and all upcoming events below!

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2022 Legal Trainings

We have several new offerings in 2022 designed to meet the needs of newer & more experienced advocates,
covering a range of legal topics that intersect with domestic abuse.

Our general trainings for advocates include topics such as 

    • Basic Restraining Orders and Beyond the Basics Restraining Orders 
    • Confidentiality Laws  
    • Family Law Institute 
    • Immigration Basics and Immigration Updates 
    • Legal Services for Trafficking Survivors 
    • Decriminalization for Trafficking Survivors 

If you are interested in requesting legal training for your workplace, please contact End Abuse at 608-255-0539 and ask to be connected to Legal TA. Past trainings have included: 

      • Domestic violence trainings for Guardians ad Litem 
      • Identifying human trafficking in family law for Family Court Services 
      • Child Custody, Child Support, and Domestic Violence for Child Support Agencies 
Providing Inclusive Services to LGBTQ Victims & Survivors

This training provides basic knowledge about LGBTQ victims, intersections of identity, and how intimate partner violence and sexual assault affects these populations. Explore ways to enhance agencies’ capacity to serve victims with a range of needs and how to improve experiences of those seeking services by offering trauma sensitive services with cultural humility. *This training is FREE to member programs of End Domestic Abuse WI & the WI Coalition Against Sexual Assault, as well as, their collaborating partners.

To learn more about the LGBTQ training go HERE

To request a training go HERE.

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 2022 session.  For information about applying for upcoming years please email oliviao@endabusewi.org.

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.

Applications for the current WE LEAD cohort have closed.

For more information about WE LEAD, go here or contact Danny Ho (dannyh@endabusewi.org) or Olivia Osborne (oliviao@endabusewi.org).

DV Homicide Support Group: GRACE
GRACE: Growing Resilience Among the Circle of Empowerment

End Abuse recently launched a free, virtual support group to provide a safe, non-judgmental space for WI adults to be with others who’ve experienced the loss of a loved one due to domestic violence homicide. It meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 7pm – 8:30pm, and follows a peer-to-peer support rather than therapeutic/clinical approach. Learn more and register here.

Upcoming events

Immigration Protections for Immigrant Survivors

Learn the basics of immigration law and the most common remedies – VAWA self-petitions, U visas, and T visas – that can help survivors to gain status in the US.

Thursday, August 25, 2022

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Virtual - Zoom

Soar Above Annual Fundraiser & Awareness Event

End Abuse invites community members, survivors of domestic violence, and allies to join in community to learn, connect, and make a difference for survivors. The event’s focus will be on the impact of recent declining protections in reproductive healthcare options for survivors – in particular, BIPOC survivors.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co. – Hilldale (357 Price Place, Madison, WI)

Foundations of Advocacy Fall Series 

If you are new to advocacy, we invite you to join us this September for Foundations of Advocacy! This series covers topics such as: Movement History, Dynamics of Interpersonal Violence, Trauma Sensitive Practices, Self-Care, Crisis Counseling, Safety Planning, Advocacy and Systems, Crime Victim Compensation, Confidentiality, and Challenging Our World Views. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - Wednesday, September 14, 2022

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Restraining Order Basics: A Tool that can Help or Harm

Join Jeni Haddad (Family Support Center), Kari Niesen-LaScala, and Gricel Santiago-Rivera (End Abuse) for an introduction to Basic Restraining Orders in Wisconsin. This nuts-and-bolts training will introduce advocates to the restraining order process, role of the advocate, and how to assist survivors in filing. 

Thursday, September 22, 2022

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Virtual - Zoom

Past events

Stalking and Technology 2-Part Series

Join Dana Fleitman, from the Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC) and learn about common technologies used by stalkers, how to apply strategies for working with stalking victims – including documenting stalking and preserving technological evidence – and more.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - Wednesday, August 17, 2022

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Northern Training: Tribal & Rural Communities Addressing Gender Based Violence

American Indians Against Abuse, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin, and Brighter Days, of the Sokaogon Chippewa Community, Mole Lake Band would like you to join us in person, as we welcome keynote speaker Jeremy Nevilles-Sorell and Greg Grey Cloud from Wica Agli.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 - Thursday, July 28, 2022

Mole Lake Lodge & Conference Center, Crandon  

2022 Teen Summit

We are excited to announce that the 2022 Teen Summit is being planned as an in-person event! We can’t wait to be in space with everyone at this upcoming Teen Summit, which will be from 6/12/22 – 6/14/22 at the Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells!

Sunday, June 12, 2022 - Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Kalahari Resorts in Wisconsin Dells

Basics of Nonprofit Financials and Cost Allocations

This 2-1/2 hour workshop is for Directors, Associate Directors, and Financial Staff who are interested in learning how to read and understand an income statement, interpret the information found in a balance sheet , and make financial decisions based on understanding your cash flow.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Health Care Access for Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Join the End Abuse Legal Services Team as we address specific advocacy issues related to health care access. Discussion will include topics such as confidentiality, screening and safety planning, abortion access and reproductive justice.

Friday, May 13, 2022

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Writing a Successful Grant Application

This training on multiple components of the grant-writing process is designed for Wisconsin domestic abuse and sexual assault agency executive directors and/or their designees.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - Wednesday, May 18, 2022

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Foundations of Advocacy Spring Series

This series for new advocates covers topics such as: Movement History, Dynamics of Interpersonal Violence, Trauma Sensitive Practices, Self-Care, Crisis Counseling, Safety Planning, Advocacy and Systems, Crime Victim Compensation, Confidentiality, and Challenging Our World Views.  We will build in time...

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 - Tuesday, May 10, 2022

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Virtual - Zoom

The Family Law Institute

Join the End Abuse Legal Team for the new six-session Family Law Institute! Many victims and their children enter the family law system, with outcomes that are likely to have a critical impact on their future safety and wellbeing. Each Family Law Institute session builds upon the previous one; participants should plan to attend all six sessions.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 - Thursday, April 21, 2022

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Virtual - Zoom

Restraining Orders: Beyond the Basics – Complicated Situations

This is the 6th training in a six-part Restraining Order Series that delivers interactive, virtual training that takes an in-depth look at each topic using an advocacy-focused lens. End Abuse’s Legal Services Team developed these trainings based on advocates’ most common questions.  

Friday, March 25, 2022

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Virtual - Zoom

I Have a Deaf Client – Now What?

This session, designed for hearing advocates, builds on the foundations of “Understanding Domestic Violence in the Deaf Community” on March 9. Presenter Ana Price will walk participants through the steps they can take to be prepared in advance and able to respond quickly to the needs of their Deaf clients.

Friday, March 18, 2022

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Virtual - Zoom

Restraining Orders: Beyond the Basics – How Multiple Court Orders Intersect

This is the 5th training in a six-part Restraining Order Series that delivers interactive, virtual training that takes an in-depth look at each topic using an advocacy-focused lens. End Abuse’s Legal Services Team developed these trainings based on advocates’ most common questions.  

Friday, March 11, 2022

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Virtual - Zoom

Restraining Orders: Beyond the Basics – e-Filing RO’s

This is the 3rd training in a six-part Restraining Order Series that delivers interactive, virtual training that takes an in-depth look at each topic using an advocacy-focused lens. End Abuse’s Legal Services Team developed these trainings based on advocates’ most common questions.  

Friday, February 11, 2022

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Virtual - Zoom

Foundations of Advocacy Winter Series

This series is designed for advocates who are new to domestic abuse programs. No experience or prior training is necessary. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - Tuesday, February 8, 2022

9:00 am - 12:15 pm

Virtual - Zoom

Restraining Orders: Beyond the Basics – Domestic Abuse & Harassment RO’s

This is the 1st training in a six-part Restraining Order Series that delivers interactive, virtual training that takes an in-depth look at each topic using an advocacy-focused lens. End Abuse’s Legal Services Team developed these trainings based on advocates’ most common questions.  

Friday, January 7, 2022

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Virtual - Zoom

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