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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.

EVENTS

Aug 25

2022

WCA Mission Tour

Join us for a 35 minute virtual tour to learn about our mission of safety, healing and freedom through the stories of clients and the impact of our services. The WCA Mission Tour aims to inspire and educate about the complexities and realities of domestic abuse and sexual assault, both here in the Treasure Valley […]

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Oct 02

2022

SueB 5k 10k 2022

On October 2, 2022, we celebrate the 13th annual SueB 5k 10k at noon After two years of racing virtually, we invite you to join us IN PERSON to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k 10k provides a space […]

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Oct 12

2022

Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 12, 2022 from 5 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 12 we will be celebrating Witches Night Out at The Village at Meridian, hosted by Meridian’s Centercal Properties and its marvelous merchants. Several sponsors help make the evening a resounding success, raising funds for the WCA’ clients’ […]

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Oct 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 As the WCA celebrates 112 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date! The event will be an opportunity to learn more about the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and […]

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