End Abuse provides resources, training and technical assistance to programs serving domestic violence survivors, including survivors of human trafficking. Sex trafficking survivors face unique challenges to recovery and safety. We recognize the need to innovate Wisconsin’s service models to better serve survivors. We also recognize the need for better education and collaboration to prevent trafficking in our communities.

End Abuse works to educate the public on Human Trafficking risk factors and dispel common myths. See below for some examples.

MYTH: Sex trafficking survivors are all the same.

FACT: Sex trafficking can happen in any community and to anyone from any socio-economic class, race, gender, or immigration status. However, some individuals face a higher risk of being targeted by traffickers, such as runaway and homeless youth and victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and social discrimination, among others. Traffickers exploit vulnerabilities and manipulate victims to make them feel guilty for anything that happens to them.

We know that domestic violence is the result of an imbalance of power and control in a relationship. Victims of human trafficking experience many of those same dynamics with their trafficker. Traffickers take advantage of individuals in vulnerable situations, preying on them by promising to provide for their most basic needs, such as food and shelter. And even more diabolically, traffickers prey on a child’s need to feel loved and to be part of a family. Traffickers use these strategies to lure victims, manipulating and abusing them, often under the guise of a meaningful relationship.

Watch Ted Talks by Rachel Lloyd and Catalleya Storm on Human Trafficking to learn more:
Rachel Lloyd: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ij_6iMi9gA
Catalleya Storm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSum6Xe64C4

We can do more to prevent human trafficking, better serve survivors, and advocate for policies to ensure survivors are not penalized but empowered to lead healthy and successful lives.

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Resources

Included below are a number of vital resources to help community members and service providers raise awareness, recognize and respond to human trafficking.

If you cannot find what you’re looking for below, please contact End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin for assistance at 608-255-0539.

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Homicide Prevention
Extensive research into domestic violence homicides has revealed certain indicators that are more predictive of experiencing future lethal or near-lethal domestic violence. End Abuse engages Wisconsin communities in homicide prevention by providing ongoing opportunities for Wisconsin communities to receive training...
Public Policy Advocacy
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin mobilizes advocates, survivors and concerned individuals to make policy changes that will support survivors and help end domestic violence.
Prevention
We envision promising prevention strategies that work with people and systems to challenge gender, race, and class stereotypes and oppressive norms while defining new ways to be a more positive, equitable, and just society.
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...
Legal Services
Our legal team is a leader in educating advocates, attorneys, judges and others on the best responses to domestic abuse. In addition, we advocate for changes in laws and legal practices to improve the legal system for survivors.
Engaging Youth
The children and youth program offers training, information, and resources for those working with youth. Also providing leadership opportunities for teens to develop skills they can use to educate their peers.
Economic Empowerment
Financial independence is key to domestic abuse survivors’ ability to live successful, violence-free lives. In partnership with local programs, we address economic needs and challenges so survivors can break free of violence.
Coordinated Community Response
For CCR and other DV/SA-focused multidisciplinary teams seeking to improve their community's response to domestic violence, sexual violence, and other forms of oppression.

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