January 2019 News from End Abuse

Teen Summit is Almost Here!

One-day, Sunday Registration Option Available

The annual Teen Summit is End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin’s largest training. We bring together youth, parents, educators, activists, and mentors from all over Wisconsin to learn about healthy relationships, teen dating violence, and sexual assault within a larger anti-oppression framework. The Summit will be a celebration of our many successes, as well as a time to revive and strengthen ourselves and our movement. Attendees will learn new strategies for successful prevention and education on teen issues. Most of all they will be inspired by the youth and adult leaders who are creating a more just and peaceful future now!

Join us for at least one day of the Teen Summit and hear from Dr. Bettina Love, renowned author and educational leader.

We understand that not everyone can attend a three-day conference, So, we are offering a ONE DAY SPECIAL for the Sunday portion of our event! (February 24, 2019 from 5 PM to 9 PM.) This one-day rate includes the fantastic keynote address from Dr. Bettina Love, a buffet style dinner, and a meet and greet afterwards.

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Dr. Love is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the area of Hip Hop education. Her research focuses on the ways in which urban youth negotiate Hip Hop music and culture to form social, cultural, and political identities to create new and sustaining ways of thinking about urban education and intersectional social justice.

Dr. Love is also the author of the much anticipated book, We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom , and her earlier work, Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South . Her work has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the English Journal, Urban Education, The Urban Review, and Journal of LGBT Youth.

End Abuse Helps Build Up Local Shelters and Service Providers


Each year, End Abuse provides intensive, on-going support to many domestic violence shelters and service providers in the state. One way we do this is by offering two-day capacity development sessions with the staff and boards of directors of these local organizations. Our capacity development process guides an agency through a structured, reflective conversation to identify the most impactful, proactive steps that will take that organization to the next level. The process keys in on a handful of tangible action items that are achievable and that will make each organization more effective at accomplishing its life-saving mission.

One additional benefit is that the time boards and staff spend together often results in greater team cohesion.

Here are a few comments about End Abuse’s capacity development process from the leaders of local domestic violence victim service providers:

The capacity process helped us align our services with our mission, and to move forward. We can only serve well when we have a strong foundation as an agency with values and goals in alignment. Thank you for helping us focus on our strengths and capacity for future growth.
Naomi Cummings, Bridge to Hope, Menominee

There’s a new enthusiasm and energy with each of us; we gained some great team building skills too. Board members have stepped up to do activities related to the action plan. In the long run, I think this process will impact the program’s sustainability and create better quality services.

-Katie Bement, Embrace, Ladysmith

Buy a Shirt, Give a Shirt!


Our Dare2Know Teen Dating Violence Prevention Campaign has been off to a fast start.

Youth activists from across the state are using their voices to value healthy relationships. They are persuading their peers to be part of the movement to end dating violence, and they are connecting with their communities, challenging everyone to get real about the impact relationships can have our lives.

Now, you can show your support for healthy relationships and spread the D2K message, and look pretty neat doing it. Through our D2K website, you can order some of the same threads our youth leaders are wearing.

Not only will you look cool. You’ll be cool. Because when you buy D2K gear through our shop, we will use the proceeds to give a similar shirt to a young person in Wisconsin who has said they want to be part of the effort to promote healthy relationships in our state.

Thank You, Rockhound Brewing Company!

On Sunday, January 27, our friends at Rockhound Brewing generously threw an amazing event to raise funds for End Abuse and for Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS), our member agency and the domestic violence shelter in Madison. The fundraiser drew a packed house. Many in attendance sipped on the Standing Tall Stout . Sales of this delicious beer benefit our organization and DAIS. There were also over $4,000 in silent auction items up for bids. Even though it was cold outside, we were warmed by the generosity and support shown. Thank you!

Build Bridges, Not Walls

The recent government shutdown and the uncertainty caused by the prospect of another federal funding stoppage has had a significant negative impact on End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and other agencies that provide services for victims of domestic abuse.

During the shutdown, the Washington Post explained that the interruption of federal funding was threatening domestic abuse services across the country. Furloughs of advocates and other staff was imminent. In that article, End Abuse’s Chase Tarrier described the perilous situation.

“We do not want any survivors to think that they do not have resources available to them and they should not seek out help if they need it,” said he.

At End Abuse, the projects most impacted were our efforts to improve the safety of older victims of abuse, immigrant victims of abuse, and victims of human trafficking. And because of the continued uncertainty, these services are still at risk.

Build Bridges, Not Walls. That’s our rallying call as we work to create safety for these vulnerable individuals during these turbulent times. Please consider giving to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. Your support is needed as much as it ever has been.

Your generosity makes our work possible. Thank you!

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