24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025

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24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

CEO Update 9.2

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

Shoe Card Ada County CourthouseWhat does safety mean to me?

This is a question that has been on my mind for the past few days. It is one of the questions we asked the 48 Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) honorees and listening to their answers caused me to pause and reflect on my life, my work, and those in our community for whom we show up in every way we can, each day at the WCA.

For our clients, safety is most often a basic, primary need. It literally can be about life and death. We had 11 emergency intakes into our secure domestic violence shelter in a 14-week period following the stay-at-home orders. (Currently, we have twenty women and 39 children living in our shelters.) Last year, we averaged one emergency intake per quarter! But safety can also just mean knowing you are safe from any kind of verbal or emotional abuse. Safety can even just mean peace of mind.

For some of us, safety very rarely crosses our minds. We go about our daily lives and don’t give much thought to our personal safety—feeling secure in our homes and relationships. I encourage you to reflect on what safety means to you and to cherish the absence of fear in your life. Here at the WCA, we have seen an increased demand for our services since the start of stay at home orders in mid-March. Gratefully we have not seen a disruption in service delivery. Where needed we have pivoted to provide virtual services using Zoom and have worked hard to get the message out that we are here to help. Last month alone there were 197 civil protection orders filed in Ada County—and our Court Advocates are here to help with those as well as the resulting 14-day hearings.

What does this mean to you?

For the many more we know are still out there, we will continue to be diligent in our commitment to our mission and we will be here when you are ready.

If you are worried about someone, you can call the WCA’s 24-hour hotline for information and resources at 208-343-7024 or click here for some helpful information.

Thank you for all you do.

Gratefully,

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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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