Access Committee 

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The Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse works to make the issue of domestic abuse visible to the residents and policy makers of the State of Wisconsin. The Access Committee of the Governor’s Council plays an important role in accomplishing this mission. The Committee’s work focuses on the following goals: 

  • Facilitate collaborative decision-making between domestic violence service providers and advocates for diverse communities in areas of mutual interest. 
  • Provide a forum for concerns expressed by traditionally marginalized groups. 
  • Plan, promote and evaluate Anti-Oppression training. 
  • Promote the development of culturally specific services.

Committee Members

Members represent a diverse group of people from around the state, council and non-council members alike. Current members include:

  • Justine Rufus
  • Melissa Baldauff
  • Cyrena Martin*
  • Sue Perry*
  • Milly Gonzales
  • Michelle Bailey
  • Carly Hirsch 
  • Denise Johnson
  • Nicole Johnson
  • Pam Johnson
  • Cynthia Jones
  • Ka
  • Deb Lee
  • Ethleen Peacock
  • Angie Trusdell Vasquez

*annotates council members. 


The Access Committee has assisted in the research and development numerous council deliverables, including:

2024 Meetings and Materials 

The Access Committee meets at least four times per year: February, April, July, and October. Additional meetings may be scheduled by the committee co-chairs. 

February 13, 2024 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
April 9, 2024 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m
July 9, 2024 

Agenda and public meeting notice will be posted at a later date. 

October 8, 2024

Agenda and public meeting notice will be posted at a later date. 

December 10, 2024

Agenda and public meeting notice will be posted at a later date. 

These dates may change due to unforeseen issues. All council meetings will be noticed at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting per Wis. Stat. § 19.84(3).

To view meeting materials from prior years, please visit our archive page


Disclaimer about council content

This content reflects the views and opinions of the council. It may not reflect the official policy or position of DCF.