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Erin Vlamis has worked at the WCA for almost three and a half years. Starting as a Court Advocate, she went on to Erin V.become Court Advocate Coordinator, and for the last four months has been working as the Court Advocate Manager. There are four full-time and two part-time court advocates on staff currently, as well as three Court Advocate Volunteers. Court Advocates are available at the Ada County Courthouse Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm and at the WCA main offices. Anyone who has experienced domestic or sexual abuse is able to seek Court Advocacy services.

So, what does the Court Advocacy program cover? “The Court Advocacy Program provides services for victims who are interested in navigating the civil legal system,” says Erin. This may include walking clients through the processes of petitioning for a protection order, family law cases like divorce or child custody, immigration cases and more. Court Advocates are also available to be in the court room with protection order petitioners, sitting at the table to provide support and clarification when needed. A key part of the Court Advocacy Program is safety planning. A plan is created to try to keep the client as safe as possible—whether they’re planning on staying in that relationship, trying to leave—whatever their individual circumstances may be.

For Erin, the most rewarding part of being a part of this team is, “seeing people navigate the system successfully—working with someone from start to finish of their case. We hear from them that they’re continuing to receive services like therapy from the WCA, that their kids are getting to go to therapy, clients describing where they’re at now compared to where they started–we can see how empowered they feel after navigating these systems that are not easily navigable.”

The WCA is fortunate to have the Court Advocacy Program to help bridge the gap between clients and legal services that could potentially make the difference in someone’s life.

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Sep 29

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 05

2022

WCA Mission Tour

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Oct 10

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 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 14

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 20

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 28

2022

Healing Begins with Hope

WCA Healing Begins with Hope Virtual Outreach and Fundraising Event When: October 28, 2022 How: Register here for either a 12noon or 7 p.m. virtual viewing time As the WCA celebrates 113 years of changing lives, we would like to invite our community to mark their calendars and save the date for Healing Begins with […]

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