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 the 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.
WE LEAD is a year-long 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.
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Applications for the 2019-2020 WE LEAD cohort are now open!
The Leadership Institute: Advocates of Color Conference
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 both adult and .
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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.”
Contact C.J. Doxtater firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.com.
LGBTQ Webinar 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.
LGBTQ Webinar Series - LGBTQ 101: Terminology, Concepts, & LGBTQ Intimate Partner Violence - 2/17/2015
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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.
LGBTQ Webinar Series - Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Environment and Services for LGBTQ People - 3/3/2015
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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 the 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.
LGBTQ Webinar Series - Development and Maintenance of Policies Prohibiting Harassment of LGBTQ People - 3/10/2015
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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).
LGBTQ Webinar Series - Serving LGBTQ Youth Victims & Survivors – 6/1/2016
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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.
LGBTQ Webinar Series - Violence in the LGBTQ Community and its Impact on Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence - 6/8/2017
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This presentation discusses the intersection of intimate partner violence and other forms of violence that occur within the LGBTQ community, such as pick-up violence, sexual assault, and hate/bias violence. Participants consider barriers that sometimes prevent LGBTQ survivors from seeking services, ways to address these barriers, and resources available to LGBTQ survivors in Wisconsin. This webinar builds on the 2015-2016 webinar series on serving LGBTQ people, reflecting on organization practices and culture, and building bridges to innovative, emerging practices.
Participation in the series meets the DCF training requirement for domestic violence programs receiving FVPSA funding. The certificate of completion may be filled out and kept on file after viewing the recording.
LGBTQ Webinar Series - LGBTQ Abuse in Later Life - 6/27/2018
What are some concerns for LGBTQ persons in later life who experience intimate partner violence, which may be very different from those of younger generations? How can we ensure that our programs invite older LGBTQ victims and address their unique needs? This webinar, presented by Kathy Flores of Diverse & Resilient, continues the series begun in 2015 on serving LGBTQ people, reflecting on organization practices and culture, and building bridges to innovative, emerging practices. Participation in this webinar meets the Department of Children & Families Requirements for domestic violence programs.
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.
Here are some resources to help advocates further their knowledge.
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.
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.