About the changing world all around us

Governor Jim Doyle finally signed a law last week which will allow victims of domestic abuse to terminate rental agreements without incurring penalty charges. The Safe Housing Act will allow victims of abuse to break their leases in cases of violence in the home. To protect landlords the person wanting to break the lease does have to provide some kind of proof, for example an order of protection (restraining order), or police rapport.

Women who are obligated by a lease may feel trapped in to staying with an abuser because of the economic repercussions of moving away from the home.

A child needs a safe home

This is actually a big step for the protection of women from violence. We see similar situations at the womens shelter in Norway. The vast majority of women who come to the shelter have become financially dependent on their abuser. This is not always a clear choice, many abusers sabotage their victims attempts at employment – so I don’t even want to hear any criticism about these girls just getting a job!! That is normally one of the first things that happens when they get out of the relationship, regardless of ethnic background and religion.

However housing issues are in reality one of the things we use most time on in the shelter. Getting the women safely and financially out of the existing home, as well as assisting her in finding low cost housing at an acceptable level for her children. It’s a tough game and something countries around the world really need to work on.

So a big Way-to-Go for Wisconsin. The states of Colorado, Delaware, North Carolina, Washington, Texas, Oregon, and Illinois have similar laws allowing victims of domestic violence to terminate leases early. Now lets get the other states in gear, huh!


Comments on: "Wisconsin passes the Safe Houseing Act" (13)

  1. That’s wonderful. Unfortunately domestic violence literally traps everyone. Woman and children. Glad to hear that another step is in place to help.

  2. A big step for sure…come to think of it, I don’t know what happens here.

    BTW: I use a crock pot a lot. I got 3 when I got married back in 1980 so I guess they were really popular and have made a comeback with many moms out working etc. You must have seen them a lot in the States.

  3. This is good news indeed but sadly some women some still suffered in silence ;(

  4. That sounds like a smart move. I wonder if similar acts exist abroad.

    Women in this kind of situation have enough on their mind, one less trouble for them.

  5. you know, i hadn’t even thought about the lease issue but it really makes a lot of sense. well done, wisconsin.

  6. Ahhhhhhhh!! WordPress changed its dashboard system and now I can’t edit comments anymore…so I will have to answer in this way! (Grrrrr I liked it as it was!)

    Marybeth: Thanks, I so much agree. Housing issues are a big part of our job at the crisic center. Everyone thinks about the drama when the woman comes in, and that is there too, but then there is a whole lot of necessary practical work, like finding out of the economic situation and HOUSING. Housing is a big time consuming issue!

    Ruth: I got 2 crock pots when I got married in 1988, however that was my first husband. I didn’t take any with me because the electricity is 220 here – so the American stuff doesn’t work well. I have seen them here but they are pretty ‘out’ – but coming in again in the USA I think. At least i have seen lots of recipes.

    Shionge: Many suffer in silence, my job is to coax them out and help them back to a more normal life.

    Zhu: The law is not very helpful in Norway, we have a number of women in the Crisis center that have to get out of an apartment before they can get in to a new one, and many of these then live at the shelter literally for months!!!

    Lime: Yes, the legal ties that bind are more then just marriage 🙂

  7. Please join me tomorrow, April 9th for a celebration on Dackel Princess!

  8. Ah, one should think that it should have been the case already a long time ago. Every measure that can help a human being should be done without doubt. It’s sad that it isn’t like that in everything….

    Thanx for stopping by leaving nice comment about the loss of my Mom – and the Kalles and shoulder offer 🙂

    I’m kind of slowly back to blogging… Lots and lots of things to take care of!!!!

  9. In our Asian society, the women who are abused suffer in silence. Men too, do get abused and because they are afraid of being laughed at, they keep quiet too. These people need help and whatever measure from the government to help them is a good step forward.

  10. Hi folks and thanks for stopping in!

    Marybeth: Congradulations as I commented on your blog, 20 years and still going strong, you deserve praise and love!

    Lifecruiser: take your time getting back into things. You have all the time in the world and we will be here for you!!

    Eastcoastlife: Even in Norway a lot of people are afraid to admit they are abused, there iis a good dose of shame with that. But I understand things being more traditional in Asia. Abuse of men is an up and coming issue here as well, statically women are more likely to use weapons in violence, so don’t let our size fool you. Women can be dangerous too!

  11. I’ve never thought of this and what a bad situation – a catch 22 – to get into. Said to say it often most difficult for the woman too.
    You should have to talk to some politician in Norway about this. I have some contacts you know.

  12. RennyBA: Thanks for your support. We use a lot of time on housing issues, but the financial ramifications can be tough. There is a study going on about the housing issues at Oslo Crisis Center as well so I hope we have some good results!!

  13. That is wonderful news! I know how difficult it can be for these women to get back on their feet. I donate some of my gently used business clothes to a local charity that gives them specifically to abused women so they can facilitate job interviews. I think it’s a wonderful program.

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