The main focus of WCASA’s work with the LGBTQI community is via the LGBT Statewide Committee co-chaired byWCASA and End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. Staff from End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin and WCASA, along with interested individuals from communities and organizations throughout the state, come together in an effort to give voice to people who are marginalized based on gender identity, sexual identity, and/or sexual orientation and whose lives have been affected by sexual and/or domestic violence.
We are always interested in new members joining our group from throughout the state. Our membership includes community members, program staff and people interested in addressing the issues of sexual and domestic violence for the LGBT community.
The committee has had a productive year and we look forward to continued collaboration. Our meetings are based on an exciting and productive meeting format based on three areas: Sharing, Doing and Learning.
- Sharing will be a time for people to update the group on what they have been doing locally. This will also be a time to receive much needed affirmation for your hard work.
- Doing will focus on developing and scheduling requested trainings. The committee has developed an excellent training on providing inclusive services to LGBT victims/survivors in mainstream domestic violence and sexual violence organizations. We are now focusing on developing healthy relationships curricula that can be used by LGBT youth-serving organizations throughout the state.
- Learning will be an ever changing piece to be determined by the committee focused on expanding our information, skills and knowledge about pertinent topics. The committee will determine the topics and guest facilitators or members of the committee will be asked to lead the discussion.
The committee meets quarterly on Fridays generally 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. WCASA will provide reimbursement for lunch.
There is also a statewide listserve for people who are concerned with sexual violence and domestic violence in Wisconsin’s LGBTQ communities. If you would like to sign up for the listserv contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite you to join us as professionals and individuals who are working to ensure that there are quality services for LGBT survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
The committee provides trainings upon request; read the LGBT Training Brochure for more information.