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 The Leadership Institute: Advocates of Color Conference The Leadership Circle LGBTQ Committee LGBTQ Training LGBTQ Webinar Series Refugee Family Strengthening Programs (RFSP's) Working with Tribal Programs WI's Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women Project Selected Resources


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.

Contact Danny Ho dannyh@endabusewi.org, CJ Doxtater (cjdoxtater@endabusewi.org), or Olivia Osborne (oliviao@endabusewi.org) with questions.

Applications for the 2020-2021 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 .

Contact Danny Ho dannyh@endabusewi.org for more information.

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 cjdoxtator@endabusewi.org for more information.

LGBTQ Committee

The LGBTQ Committee is a statewide committee comprised of individuals who self-identify as LGBTQ and allies that work directly with LGBTQ victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and hook up violence. Their mission to 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 codyw@endabusewi.org.

LGBTQ Training

***The LGBTQ training will not be scheduled until after the COVID-19 pandemic has been cleared.***

The LGBTQ Committee provides free, 8-hour trainings for member programs of End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Member programs may also invite their collaborating partners to have the training more multidisciplinary focused. This training is meant to provide a basic understanding of the LGBTQ community and how intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and hook up violence affect this community. Then the training moves into practical applications and next steps to support LGBTQ victims and survivors that you serve.

The LGBTQ training’s typical layout is:

  • Visualization exercise
  • LGBTQ movement historical perspective
  • Breakdown of LGBTQ and sex, gender, & attraction
  • Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Assault in this community
  • Reflective exercises to start thinking about safety and stigma in this community
  • Work-related scenarios
  • Community readiness/Pride survey data
  • Action planning

To learn more about the LGBTQ training go HERE

***The LGBTQ training will not be scheduled until after the COVID-19 pandemic has been cleared.***

To request a training go HERE.

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 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.

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.

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).

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.

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 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.

Welcoming LGBTQ Survivors with Open Hearts & Open Doors in Shelter - 9/20/2019

In order to effectively work with LGBTQ survivors, we must go deeper than just a checklist of abusive behaviors. It is key that we study context, intent, and impact of those behaviors. Together, let’s explore the barriers and solutions to ensuring equal access to all survivors. This webinar, hosted by End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and presented by Kathy Flores of Diverse & Resilient and Courtney Olson of Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services, Inc., continues the series begun in 2015 on serving LGBTQ people, reflecting on organization practices and culture, and building bridges to innovative, emerging practices. Sharon Lewandowski from DCF will join us to explain DCF’s policies and requirements for LGBTQ inclusion.


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.

Selected Resources

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.

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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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Other pages in this section

End Abuse provides a variety of educational opportunities to advocates, law enforcement, legislators, and community members to enable them to better serve survivors throughout WI.
Homicide Prevention
About Our Homicide Prevention Work Extensive research into domestic violence homicides has revealed certain indicators that are predictive of experiencing future lethal or near-lethal domestic violence. For the past several years, End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin has received funding from the...
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.
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.
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.
Human Trafficking Awareness
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.
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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