This is an unprecedented time, but our commitment to victims, survivors, and direct service providers remains.


What you can expect from the coalition and from domestic violence programs in WI:
  • Statewide, domestic violence programs are taking into account best practices from federal and state guidelines. Programs are collaborating to ensure services remain accessible to those who need them. Access help from local programs using our statewide Get Help map.
  • The coalition maintains ongoing support of local programs. Read our 2020 joint statement with WCASA here.
  • Trainings and events are determined on a situational basis to be in-person or virtual. See our Events page for details.
We’ve compiled resources to help you stay safe, informed, and connected during this time.
See below for resources related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Staying Safe Staying Informed Staying Connected

Staying Safe

WI domestic violence programs remain operating. Advocates are available to help.

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

Domestic Violence State & National Resources
A statewide map of local domestic violence direct services providers.
A 24/7, confidential, and free national resource available at 1-800-799-7233 and through chat.
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
  • 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.
  • National Network of Abortion Funds: builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice.

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 Anti-Violence Work Resource Collection

For Tribal Programs

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​

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)

Firearms

More Than Just a Piece of Paper: A Toolkit for Advocates – 

Description: The National Resource Center on DV & Firearms released a toolkit that provides advocates with tools for engaging conversations (both locally and on the state level) on the impact of firearms on domestic violence victim-survivors, particularly during periods of wide-spread crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Homelessness
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.

Staying Connected

This is a time to use our collective action to make an impact, and to remain connected in our work towards equity.
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

Staying Connected with the Coalition

Contact Us to directly reach coalition staff. You can also contact individual coalition staff using our Staff Directory.

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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.

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