Wisconsin Efforts

I’m excited to be working with Wisconsinites to secure equal rights for victims of crime. It’s an issue Wisconsin has long been a leader on, and that is near and dear to my heart – as it is for so many good people in local communities across Wisconsin.

Our effort starts and ends with you. We are working with your neighbors and friends – and in some cases your loved ones – who have been victims of crime, in addition to victim advocates, law enforcement, experts, policymakers and anyone else who wants to get involved. We’re listening closely, and developing a Wisconsin solution to an issue that could affect any one of us, and in many cases already has.

For me, this issue is both professionally and personally significant. My true calling is encouraging passion and enthusiasm in the people around me, and that’s what I’ve done on past projects as a grassroots organizer and campaign manager in Wisconsin and across the country. And while I’ve always worked for people and organizations I felt passionate about, my own personal experiences make this issue particularly meaningful.

The people of Wisconsin understand this. As a matter of fact, this issue has long been meaningful for Wisconsinites. Wisconsin was the first state to adopt a “Crime Victims Bill of Rights,” and it has enacted many important reforms since. What we’re hearing now is that while this is a good start, there is a need for updates and stronger protections so that victims of crime have rights equal to those who are accused or convicted of crimes. Knowing that Wisconsinites appreciate this need, and hearing the stories of those who have been affected by crime in our communities, I’m certain we’ll be able to make our goal of equal rights for victims a reality.

So I hope you’ll join in our effort – lend your support, maybe give of your time, or even share your story. Because when it comes to equal rights for victims of crime, every voice makes a difference.

Thank You,
Luke Martz
Wisconsin State Director

Violent Crime In Your State: Did You Know?

According To Recently Released Statistics By The Federal Bureau Of Investigation (FBI), Wisconsin Experienced 17,647 Violent Crimes In 2015.

  • In 2015, There Were 240 Murders And Nonnegligent Manslaughters.
  • In 2015 There Were 1,780 Rapes.
  • In 2015 There Were 5,232 Robberies.
  • In 2015 There Were 10,395 Aggravated Assaults.

Source: 2015 Crime In The United States, State Totals, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Website, 9/26/16

Resources in Wisconsin

Supporters of AJR 47/SJR 53 (Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin)

  • Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Wisconsin Victim Witness Professionals
  • Association of State Prosecutors
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Milwaukee
  • Dove INC Hurley
  • New Day Shelter Ashland
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • Golden House Green Bay
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • Wisconsin District Attorney Association
  • Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association
  • Wisconsin Troopers Association
  • Wisconsin Professional Police Association
  • WI Sheriffs’ and Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
  • Badger State Sheriff’s Association
  • Milwaukee Police Association
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • Dane County Police Chiefs Association
  • Senator Van Wanggaard Racine
  • Representative Todd Novak Dodgeville
  • Representative Andre Jacque De Pere
  • Representative Joe Sanfelippo New Berlin
  • Representative Mary Felzkowski Irma
  • Senator Jerry Petrowski Marathon
  • Senator Frank Lasee De Pere
  • Representative John Spiros Marshfield
  • Representative John Macco Ledgeview
  • Representative Jeff Mursau Crivitz
  • Representative Tyler Vorpagel Plymouth
  • Representative Adam Neylon Pewaukee
  • Representative Josh Zepnick Milwaukee
  • Senator Dave Hansen Green Bay
  • Representative Dave Murphy Greenville
  • Senator Tim Carpenter Milwaukee
  • Senator Steve Nass Whitewater
  • Senator Rob Cowles Green Bay
  • Senator Luther Olsen Ripon
  • Representative Bob Kulp Stratford
  • Representative Christine Sinicki Milwaukee
  • Representative Travis Tranel Cuba City
  • Representative Jason Fields Milwaukee
  • Representative Dave Steffen Green Bay
  • Representative Ed Brooks Reedsburg
  • Representative Joan Ballweg Markesan
  • Representative Kathy Bernier Lake Hallie
  • Representative Joel Kitchens Sturgeon Bay
  • Representative Cody Horlacher Mukwonago
  • Senator Dan Feyen Fond du Lac
  • Senator Sheila Harsdorf River Falls
  • Representative Janel Brandtjen Menomonee Falls
  • Representative Samantha Kerkman Salem
  • Representative Joel Kleefisch Oconomowoc
  • Representative Mike Kuglitsch New Berlin
  • Representative Keith Ripp Lodi
  • Representative Mike Rohrkaste Neenah
  • Representative Michael Schraa Oshkosh
  • Representative Ken Skowronski Franklin
  • Representative Pat Snyder Waukesha
  • Representative Jeremy Thiesfeld Fond du Lac
  • Representative Leon Young Milwaukee
  • Representative David C. Crowley Milwaukee
  • Representative Robert Brooks Saukville
  • Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel Wisconsin Department of Justice Madison
  • Executive Director Steve Vickman HELP of Door County Sturgeon Bay
  • Manitowoc Co. DA Jacalyn La Bre Manitowoc
  • Brown Co. DA David Lasee Green Bay
  • Winnebago Co. DA Christian Gossett Oshkosh
  • Racine Co. Sheriff Christopher Schmaling Racine
  • Brown Co. Sheriff John Gossage Green Bay
  • Walworth Co. Sheriff Kurt Picknell Elkhorn
  • Waukesha Co. Sheriff Eric Severson Waukesha
  • Kenosha Co. Sheriff David Beth Kenosha
  • Rock Co. Sheriff Robert D. Spoden Janesville
  • Pepin Co. Sheriff Joel Wener Durand
  • Winnebago Co. Sheriff John Matz Oshkosh
  • Florence Co. Sheriff Jeff Rickaby Florence
  • Columbia Co. Sheriff Dennis E Richards Portage
  • Kewaunee Co. Sheriff Matt Joski Kewaunee
  • Grant Co. Sheriff Nate Dreckman Lancaster
  • Iowa Co. Sheriff Steven Michek Dodgeville
  • Oneida Co Sheriff Grady Hartman Rheinlander
  • Adams Co. Sheriff Sam Wollin Friendship
  • Buffalo Co Sheriff Michael J Schmidtknecht Alma
  • Burnet Co. Sheriff Ronald Wilhelm Siren
  • Dane Co. Sheriff David Mahoney Madison
  • Door Co. Sheriff Steven G. Delarwelle Sturgeon Bay
  • Douglas Co. Sheriff Thomas Dalbec Superior
  • Green Lake Co. Sheriff Mark Podoll Green Lake
  • Jackson Co. Sheriff Duane Waldera Black River Falls
  • Juneau Co. Sheriff Brent Oleson Mauston
  • Lafayette Co Sheriff Reg Gill Darlington
  • Langlade Co. Sheriff Mark B. Westen Antigo
  • Marinette Co. Sheriff Jerry Sauve Marinette
  • Marquette Co. Sheriff Kim Gaffney Montello
  • Menominee Co. Sheriff Robert Summers Keshena
  • Monroe Co. Sheriff Scott Perkins Sparta
  • Oconto Co Sheriff Michael Jansen Oconto
  • Outagamie Co. Sheriff Bradley G. Gehring Appleton
  • Peirce Co. Sheriff Nancy Hove Ellsworth
  • Rusk Co. Sheriff Jeffrey S. Wallace Ladysmith
  • Shawano Co. Sheriff Adam Bieber Shawano
  • Taylor Co. Sheriff Bruce Daniels Medford
  • Trempealeau Co. Sheriff Richard Anderson Whitehall
  • Vernon Co. Sheriff John Spears Viroqua
  • Washburn Co. Sheriff Terry Dryden Shell Lake
  • Waupaca Co. Sheriff Brad Hardel Waupaca
  • Waushara Co. Sheriff Jeff Nett Wautoma
  • Wood Co. Sheriff Thomas Reichert Wisconsin Rapids
  • Manitowoc Co. Sheriff Robert Hermann Manitowoc
  • Ozaukee Co. Sheriff Jim Johnson Port Washington
  • Sheboygan Co. Sheriff Todd Priebe Sheboygan
  • Barron Co. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald Barron
  • Calumet Co. Sheriff Mark Ott
  • Clark Co. Sheriff Greg Herrick
  • Marathon Co. Sheriff Scott Parks
  • Portage Co. Sheriff Mike Lukas
  • Vilas Co. Sheriff Joe Fath
  • Wrightstown Police Chief Gregory Deike
  • Hobart Police Chief Randi Bani
  • Pulaski Police Chief Mark Hendzel
  • Sun Prairie Police Chief Pat Anhalt
  • Stoughton Police Chief Greg Leck
  • Deforest Police Chief Dan Furseth
  • Middleton Police Chief Charles Foulke
  • Eau Claire Police Chief Jerry Staniszewski
  • Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith
  • West Bend Police Chief Kenneth Meuler
  • Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell
  • Cedarburg Police Chief Thomas Frank
  • Sturtevant Police Chief Sean Marschke
  • New London Police Chief Jeff Schluete
  • Menasha Police Chief Timothy Styka
  • Kaukauna Police Chief John N Manion
  • Seymour Police Chief Richard A. Buntrock
  • Jefferson Police Chief Kenneth M. Pileggi
  • Manitowoc Police Chief Nick Reimer
  • Menomonie Police Chief Eric M Atkinson
  • Sheboygan Falls Police Chief Steven Ross
  • Ashwaubenon Police Chief Eric J Dunning
  • Berlin Police Chief Dennis W Plantz Jr
  • Greenfield Police Chief Bradley R. Wentlandt
  • Neillsville Police Chief Scott A Klueckmann
  • Altoona Police Chief Jesse James
  • Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza
  • Twin Lakes Police Chief Adam Grosz
  • Antigo Police Chief Eric J Roller
  • Hartland Police Chief Michael S Bagin
  • Janesville Police Chief David J Moore
  • South Milwaukee Police Chief Ann Wellens
  • De Pere Police Chief Derek A. Beiderwieden
  • Saukville Police Chief Jeffery Goetz
  • Beaver Dam Town Police Chief John Kreuziger
  • Sturgeon Bay Police Chief Arleigh R Porter
  • Clear Lake Police Chief Timothy D. Strohbusch
  • Kiel Police Chief David Funkhouser
  • West Allis Police Chief Patrick S Mitchell
  • Menomonee Falls Police Chief Anna M. Ruzinski
  • Maple Bluff Police Chief Timothy J. Krueger
  • Lancaster Police Chief Debra Reukauf
  • Platteville Police Chief Doug McKinley
  • Spring Green Police Chief Kevin Wilkins
  • Boscobel Police Chief Todd Stenner
  • New Holstein Police Chief Brian Reedy
  • Chilton Police Chief Craig Plehn
  • Muscoda Police Chief William J. Schramm
  • Madison Town Police Chief Scott T. Gregory
  • McFarland Police Chief Craig J. Sherven
  • St Francis Police Chief Thomas Dietrich
  • Balsam Lake Police Chief Tom Thompson
  • La Crosse Police Chief Ron Tischer
  • Whitefish Police Chief Michael Young
  • Roberts Police Chief Aaron McWilliams
  • North Hudson Police Chief Mark Richert
  • Sheboygan Police Chief Christopher Domagalski
  • Norway Police Chief John Hanrahan
  • Saukville Police Chief Jeffery Goetz
  • Milltown Police Chief Ed Collins
  • Shorewood Police Chief Peter Nimmer
  • Hartford Police Chief David Groves
  • Siren Police Chief Chris Sybers
  • Hales Corner Police Chief Eric Cera
  • Pewaukee Police Chief Jay T. Iding
  • Summit Police Chief Michael Hartert
  • Mukwonago Police Chief Thomas S. Czarnecki
  • Lannon Police Chief Kevin Porter
  • New Berlin Police Chief Joseph Rieder
  • Marshall Police Chief John Nault
  • Blue Mounds Police Chief Andrew Rose
  • UW-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman
  • Oregon Police Chief Brian Uhl
  • Monona Police Chief Walter J Ostrenga
  • Belleville Police Chief William Eichelkraut
  • Brillion Police Captain Kirk Schend
  • Shawano (Ret.) Police Chief Don Thaves
  • Superior (Ret.) Police Chief Floyd Peters
  • Eau Claire (Ret.) Police Chief Dave Malone
  • Sheboygan Falls (Ret.) Police Chief Steven J Riffel
  • Brown Co. Sheriff (Retired) Dennis Kocken
  • De Forest (Ret.) Superintendent David L. Collins Wisconsin State Patrol
  • Washington Island (Ret.) Police Chief Hans Lux
  • Marshall (Ret.) Police Chief Lee Hellenbrand