This is an unprecedented time, and we know that home is not the safest place for everyone. Read our joint statement with WCASA here.


What you can expect from domestic violence programs in WI and the coalition:
Statewide, domestic violence programs are taking into account best practices from federal and state guidelines + collaborating to ensure services remain accessible to those who need them.
The coalition maintains ongoing support of local programs as our staff transitions to remote work.
Until further notice, all in-person trainings and events are canceled or postponed. See our Events page for details, and find a summary of altered trainings through June 2020 here.

 

We’ve compiled resources to help you stay safe, informed, and connected during this time.
We’ll continually update this space, so check back often for new resources.
Staying Safe Staying Informed Staying Connected

Staying Safe

 

WI programs serving those experiencing partner violence remain operating.
Advocates are available to help.

Below is a list of agencies working to assist those experiencing violence in WI and nationally.

End Domestic Abuse WI Get Help Map

Includes a printable map of providers around the state, as well as a printable list and map of WI tribal programs.

 

Sexual Assault State & National Resources
LGBTQ+ Communities

Share in community with other QTBIPOC (queer, trans, black indigenous, other people of color) and LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer+) folks in this time of COVID-19. All community members (regardless if you identify as a survivor or not) are welcome to join in supporting each other and strengthening our social bonds.

  • Trans Lifeline: Trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive: 877-565-8860
Latinx Communities
  • UNIDOS WI: provides direct service in Dane and surrounding counties, as well as statewide education and technical assistance to colleagues and professionals who wish to improve their services to the Latinx community inWI.
  • The Network/La RED: 24 hour bilingual hotline for those experiencing violence. Survivor-led social justice organization that works to end partner abuse in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, SM, polyamorous, and queer communities.
Reproductive Justice, Sex Work, & Womxn's Health Resources
  • Planned Parenthood of WI: empowers all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health through patient services, education and advocacy.
  • WI Alliance for Women’s Health: empowers every WI woman – at every age and every stage of life – to reach her optimal health, safety and economic security.
  • Sex Workers Outreach Project: a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of people involved in the sex trade and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy.

Staying Informed

 

Understand new laws & best practices to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities.

What is COVID-19?

Learn about the virus from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & the World Health Organization (WHO).

National Response: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act is an Act of Congress meant to respond to the economic impacts of the ongoing 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. The act will provide funding for free coronavirus testing, 14-day paid leave for American workers affected by the pandemic, and increased funding for food stamps.

National Response: Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The CARES Act, a $2 trillion stimulus bill, builds on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), to provide economic relief and health care options amidst the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

Together, the FCCRA and the CARES Act fall short of meeting the most basic health care and economic needs of millions of Americans, including immigrant workers and families who are on the frontlines of caring for our communities during this pandemic, providing crucial services while others are able to shelter at home.

National Response: Stimulus Checks & Taxes

If you do not have direct deposit information on file with the IRS and can safely provide it, do so asap! Reach out to Immigration and Poverty Law Attorney Megan Sprecher at End Abuse (megans@endabusewi.org) with questions.

Visit the IRS Coronavirus Website, including the section on Economic Impact Payments, for the latest information.

Impact on Immigrant Communities: We know that our immigrant and mixed status families are especially impacted for several reasons, including restrictions surrounding individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITIN)

Here is a spreadsheet of some national and state resources for immigrants during the pandemic.

Wisconsin's Response: Safer at Home Order

Full Order:

Updated order (extension):

Badger Bounce Back plan

Original Order

Highlights for DV/SA Programs: View an infographic outlining particularly relevant sections for WI domestic violence agencies and people experiencing domestic violence.

Find several FAQ sheets here in English, Spanish, and Hmong, including Child Care Setting Restrictions and K-12 School Closures​

Voting & Civic Engagement

Wisconsin Elections Commission: COVID-19 Information For Voters And Election Officials

Public Policy Advocacy Tools:

Coalition Chronicles 39-1: Empowering Survivors in Wisconsin – Your Right to Vote & Be Safe

In the latest issue of the Coalition Chronicles, we showcase groups who are working to mobilize communities, ensure access to the political process, and amplify voices that have been marginalized in Wisconsin. We explore aspects of the political process that may have a direct impact on the lives of those who have experienced violence. We hope that the many links to information and resources will assist voters in our local communities to exercise their right to vote safely.

National Resource Collection

National Network to End Domestic Violence:

Resources on the Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

One-Pager – COVID-19: Coalition Guidance for Programs

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Preventing & Managing the Spread of COVID-19 Within Domestic Violence Programs

Futures Without Violence: Information on COVID-19 for Survivors, Communities, and DV/SA Programs

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Staying Safe During COVID-19 | Available in Spanish here.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (blog post): What Domestic Violence Organizations Need to Know about Coronavirus

VAWnet: Disaster and Emergency Preparedness and Response collection

Washington State Coalition Webinar: Coronavirus: what advocates need to know (webinar recorded 3/16/20)

For Tribal Programs

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center: COVID-19 Guidance for Tribal Programs

National Congress of American Indians: Indian Country Resources: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

National Indian Health Board: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Federal Government Resources

US Department of Homeland Security: Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

US Department of Housing & Urban Development:

Infectious Disease Toolkit for CoCs

Eligible ESG Program Costs for Infectious Disease Preparedness

Infectious Disease Toolkit for Continuums of Care: Preventing & Managing the Spread of Infectious Disease Within Shelters

Centers for Disease Control:

Cleaning and Disinfection for Community Facilities – Interim Recommendations for U.S. Community Facilities with Suspected/Confirmed COVID-19

Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Homelessness

Staying Connected

 

This is a time to use our collective action to make an impact, and to remain connected even as we find ourselves more physically isolated.
Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

The pandemic is highlighting existing disparities, structural violence, and racism, as well as the fact that we always have  been and remain a global community.

This list from Racial Equity Tools that includes: analysis, resources and tools, healing & community care, organizing and solidarity, resource building and rapid response, tips for virtual work and online engagement, and a “list of lists” as others in the movement share their tools.

Racial Equity Tools: COVID-19 – Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources

The Feminist Alliance for Rights is a global alliance that works to advance gender equality and women’s rights, and to strengthen national and regional accountability, by facilitating strategic collaboration between feminists from the Global South and marginalized communities of the Global North, to influence global standards and policies relevant to local realities. Read their Call for a Feminist COVID-19 Policy below.

Feminist Alliance for Rights: Statement of Feminists and Women’s Rights Organizations from the Global South and marginalized communities in the Global North

Working Remotely

NNEDV: How to Operate as a Remote Workplace During a Public Health Crisis

NNEDV: Using Technology to Communicate with Survivors During a Public Health Crisis

NNEDV: Technology Safety Digital Toolkit

NNEDV: Best Practices When Using Mobile Devices for Advocacy

NNEDV: Video Conferencing & Digital Communication Platforms: Comparison Chart

  • Zendesk, a customer relationship management company, is offering some of their services for free during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are offering some of their software and support for free, and may be able to assist programs with connecting with those we serve. Apply here.
Staying Connected with the Coalition

Email Signup: Stay up to date on legislative activities that impact domestic violence victims/survivors, learn how you can take action and support our work, & stay in the loop on End Abuse news and trainings. You can unsubscribe and tailor your preferences on what type of emails you receive at any time.

Listservs: Advocates can share and discuss topic-specific knowledge, tools, and needs through the following email listservs. Click on the title of any listserv to join that discussion list, and begin sharing and learning with others around the state!

Social Media: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

End Abuse Staff Directory: End Abuse staff is here to help. Reach out to our staff with anything we can do to support you. Find a list of staff, their direct contact information, and a brief description of the work they focus on here.

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