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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  • The 2020 Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Celebration was a success, click here to enjoy the show on YouTube.
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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

2021

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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