24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025

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24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

CEO Update 6.24.2021

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

Men are survivors too…

Something that still surprises individuals when we do outreach presentations is the statistics around the number of men who suffer the trauma of domestic abuse, domestic violence and sexual violence. Nationally, the statistics are that one in seven men will be involved in an abusive relationship, and one in six will suffer sexual assault. While lower than the statistics for women, these are still significant numbers and probably low, considering the stigma a man faces upon reaching out for help.

Of the adults we served last year, 13% were men and 95% of them received support from our Court Advocacy team, obtaining help with their protection order filings and 14-day hearings. They also learned about the other services available to them, like safety planning, counseling and case management. Given our name, Women’s and Children’s Alliance, many do not think of us as offering services for men. This is something we are working hard to overcome. It’s the reason why you see us refer to ourselves more and more as the “WCA” and why we have refreshed our logo to do the same.

During 2020, 47% of our shelter residents were male children. While they came into the shelter with their moms, many of them witnessed abuse in the home and often may have also been on the receiving end themselves – even if they don’t initially disclose. As a result, we may not always think of them as survivors. However, more and more research shows that children who witness abuse, even if not subjected to it, find themselves continuing the cycle by either abusing others or getting into abusive relationships.
During this month of focusing on men’s health, raising awareness of the long-term implications of trauma on a man’s health due to being raised in an abusive household, or being the direct recipient of abuse, is essential. If you know a man who needs support for current or past trauma they have suffered – please share our hotline number 208-343-7025. We are here for them 24/7. There is help, and there is hope.

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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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