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CEO Update 10.1

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

purple-ribbonOctober is Domestic Violence Awareness Month – one of our busiest months at the WCA. Other years, you may have joined us at large community events like our SueB 5K/10K race or Witches Night Out. While many of these events will now be held virtually, and while we will miss seeing you all in-person, the creativity of my team has been inspiring, and we look forward to connecting with everyone virtually!

Many things have changed about the way we do this work this year, but one thing that has not changed is the need for this work. As you may have seen through our social media and covered by national news outlets, the need to quarantine has been detrimental to people experiencing domestic abuse. Home is one place we expect to be safe. For many of our neighbors, that isn’t the case.

DVAM is an opportunity to face head-on the pandemic that is domestic violence.1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner. This statistic does not include psychological, emotional, and financial abuse that can leave victims feeling trapped.

Domestic abuse is not just the physical violence that many of us think of – it’s also:

  • extreme jealousy that makes you hesitant to make plans with friends
  • threatening to self-harm or commit suicide
  • every time they belittle your feelings, make you question your reality
  • using your credit card in a way that negatively impacts your credit score

These are just a few examples of abusive behavior. Domestic abuse includes any pattern of behavior that allows one person to exert power and control over another. We want everyone to be aware of the warning signs, so that we can create a community where everyone thrives in safe, healthy relationships.

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Ways to get involved:

  • It is DVAM Community Leaders Proclaim October Domestic Violence Awareness Month Across the Treasure Valley: Raising awareness, providing resources and honoring first responders. Join us for the virtual press event on October 5 at 11 am on Facebook Live.
  • You Are Invited! As we move into October and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are excited to offer you an opportunity to hear first-hand from our courageous survivors through our first ever October 30:  12 p.m. – 1 p.m. and  7 p.m. – 8 p.m., and again October 31:  10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Register Here

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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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