WisTAF awards $450,000 in Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Legal Assistance Grants

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, July 14, 2022

CONTACT: Benson Gardner, communications and development manager, 608.620.0711, bgardner@wistaf.org

MADISON — Hundreds of survivors of violence and abuse will achieve safety and independence through legal assistance grants announced today.

The Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. (WisTAF), will distribute $450,000 in Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse (DVSA) Legal Services funding to twelve organizations around the state. These grant recipients will help survivors accomplish critical legal tasks for themselves and their families.

Such tasks include securing restraining orders, carrying out divorces, and negotiating child placement and guardianship.

“Sometimes, a legal issue is the only thing standing in a person’s way when they work for a safe, stable life,” said Rebecca L. Murray, executive director of WisTAF. “Yet there is no Constitutional guarantee of an attorney in civil matters. That's why legal assistance is crucial for making ‘justice for all’ a reality. In fact, survivors of violence and abuse in Wisconsin face far more legal issues than our state’s funding allocation is currently able to address.”

The State of Wisconsin created the DVSA Civil Legal Services program in 2015. The program taps funds from the federal Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) program. Clients in the DSVA program are parents or caretakers of children, or are pregnant, with limited incomes or limited access to their own money. Abusers frequently prevent survivors from accessing their own funds.

Details on the twelve grants are listed below. WisTAF administers the DVSA program, reporting to the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.

WisTAF is the state’s civil legal aid funding administrator established by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by the Court to aid in the administration of justice, WisTAF works with civil legal aid organizations in the state to increase access to justice. WisTAF oversees funds and invests in services to help people resolve legal problems.

2022-23 DVSA Civil Legal Services Grantee Organization

Area Served

Primary Office Location
Grant Award(s)


Ashland, Bayfield, and Douglas counties


Centro Legal

Milwaukee and Waukesha counties


Community Justice, Inc.

Dane, Dodge, Crawford, Columbia, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Lafayette, Marquette, Rock, Sauk, and Waushara counties


End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin RISE Legal Center



Golden House

Brown and Kewaunee counties

Green Bay

Household Abuse Victims Emergency Network (HAVEN, Inc.)

Lincoln County


Indianhead Community Action Agency

Barron, Burnett, Clark, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn counties


Judicare Legal Aid

33 counties in northern Wisconsin, Native American clients statewide


Kids Matter, Inc.

Milwaukee and Waukesha counties, limited services statewide


Legal Action of Wisconsin

39 counties in southern Wisconsin


Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services

Marinette and Oconto counties


The Women's Center

Southeastern Wisconsin







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