Wisconsin pilot finds DV rep improves outcomes, saves money
03/01/2018, Pilot, Domestic Violence - Alleged Victim
In Wisconsin, a pilot started in 2015 in Winnebago County to provide representation to DV victims in family law cases. The $75,000 project was funded by federal STOP grants administered through Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance.
In 2018, the study results were released. The study found that the pilot's $75,000 investment resulted in additional revenue to the State of $163,787, netting $88,787 in savings to the State. The study also found that participants in the study had greater feelings of safety for themselves and their family, greater financial independence (including a 31% increase in employment), and lesser use of governmenta assistance programs.