On Tuesday January 8th, Cynthia Lin spoke with a panel of guests regarding the Violence Against Women Act. She interviewed Tony Gilbart from WI Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Cecilia Gilhouse of UNIDOS Against Violence, and Kabzuag Vaj of Freedom Inc.
Tony Gilbart stated in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “In 2011, there were 40 deaths associated with domestic violence in Wisconsin. In 2010, there were 58; in 2009, 67, said Tony Gilbart of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Gilbart argued that reaching out with support and help is critical but that friends and relatives need to be careful: “When they do act, they need to make sure they aren’t putting victims at further risk,” he said. “Victims are the real experts on the risks they face. Let them know that you’re there and available to help. And try and get them connected to the services they need.”
He also said government has a role in making sure that there is sufficient support for victim services, such as beds in shelters, advocates and legal representation. Law enforcement officers need to be fully trained and consistent in their approach. Victims need to be able to trust the system. Prosecutors’ offices should be adequately staffed.”
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