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CEO Update 10.21.21

24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 208.343.7025 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

Using Threats to Control Others

Think about someone or something you love. Then think about how you would feel if someone threatened them with harm. What would you do to keep that from happening?

Unfortunately, in their desire to exert control over another individual, abusers frequently use this tactic because they know how effective it can be. Threatening to harm a child or a beloved pet is a great way to control another person without laying a finger on them.

During this month dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness, we highlight the lesser-known tactics used by abusers. While physical violence is much easier to understand and recognize, the control exerted and damage inflicted through other forms of abuse can be even more damaging to a person’s psyche and self-worth. Feeling trapped and doubting that anyone will believe them leaves individuals feeling helpless to protect those they love.

It is important not to minimize these signs of abuse and perhaps even more critical for one experiencing the trauma is to reach out and talk to someone who understands the cycle and believes them without hesitation. An abuser can exert control in many ways, subtly and quietly. Our advocates can help someone talk through their experiences and validate what they are feeling. If you or someone you know needs help—please never hesitate to call our hotline at 208-343-7025, anytime from anywhere. Our trained staff are on the other end of the phone line, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Suppose you would like to hear directly from one of our clients about the impact of our work on her life. In that case, I encourage you to register here for one of our three virtual Healing Begins with Hope outreach and fundraising virtual events scheduled for Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30. It is humbling to me every time I get to hear directly from one of our clients how the work we do has allowed them to do the hard work required to break out of an abusive partner’s control.

HBWH Outreach and Fundraising Event
Please join us to hear personal stories from WCA clients about their incredible journeys to freedom and learn more about the vital work we do every day to support survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Register here for one of three free online watch parties:
          Oct 29 at Noon
          Oct 29 at 7 p.m.
          Oct 30 at 10 a.m.

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