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CEO Update 10.9

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

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As we continue to navigate uncertainty in our communities with COVID-19, job losses and political discussions arising all around—we came together early this week with community leaders and first responders from across the Treasure Valley in solidarity for victims and survivors of domestic violence. We heard from a former WCA client and survivor about her journey; we heard remarks from elected officials, service providers and law enforcement leaders. One message was loud and clear: we are here for those in our community who are impacted by the trauma of domestic abuse. We will continue to collaborate, train and reach out to ensure we are here when our community needs us. Click here to view the Facebook Live replay.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) identifies four main types of domestic abuse or intimate partner violence (IPV)—and these affect everyone; however, statistically, certain populations are disproportionately affected.

  • Physical Violence
  • Sexual Violence
  • Stalking
  • Psychological Aggression

Here are just a few facts directly from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physcial violence (i.e. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime
  • An estimated 29.1% of African American females are victimized by intimate partner violence in their lifetime (rape, physical assault or stalking)
  • 19.3 million women and 5.1 million men in the United States have been stalked in their lifetime
  • According to the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAWS), African American women experience higher rates of intimate partner homicide when compared to their White counterparts
  • 43.8% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime, as opposed to 35% of heterosexual women
  • Transgender victims are more likely to experience intimate partner violence in public, compared to those who do not identify as transgender
  • In a study of male same sex relationships, only 26% of men called the police for assistance after experiencing near-lethal violence

The WCA strives to provide services to all those impacted by the trauma of domestic abuse—in any form. And, contrary to what many in our community may think, most of our services ARE available to men and those who may not identify in a heterosexual relationship. We serve those who are looking to heal and find freedom. Our counseling, case management, court advocacy, safety planning, and financial empowerment programs are all available to any client—regardless of gender identity, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for helping us start conversations and work to break the cycle of domestic abuse in our community and to help ensure those being impacted have access to the resources they need. Together, we can work toward the WCA’s vision of a community where individuals thrive in safe, healthy relationships. Everyone deserves this.

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EVENTS

Apr 21

2021

Virtual Never Your Fault Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about sexual violence, assault, harassment and consent, so we can all thrive in a safe and healthy community.

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Apr 23

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: April 23, 12-12:30 […]

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Apr 28

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Denim Day

April 28, 2021 is Denim Day Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim blaming. Why denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her 45-year-old male driving instructor. While he was initially convicted of the […]

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Apr 29

2021

Virtual Break The Cycle Presentation

An Informational session over ZOOM about domestic abuse, warning signs, barriers to leaving, resources and information about supporting others.

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May 28

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: May 28, 11:30 […]

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Jun 08

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: June 8, 12-12:30 […]

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Jul 13

2021

Lunch and Learn with Laura

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are an  opportunity to learn more about The WCA and the clients we serve! Our Philanthropy Manager,  Laura will share an overview of our services , the clients we serve and our current needs. Bring your lunch  and any questions you have  to this virtual  monthly check in! When: July 13, 12-12:30 […]

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Oct 01

2021

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) – which provides an opportunity to educate and engage our community and help people learn more about domestic abuse and how as individuals and as a community we can work to break the cycle of abuse. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 1 in 4 […]

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