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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This year, the national DVAM campaign is #WeAreResilient which reminds survivors of their strength and resiliency. The purpose of DVAM is to spread awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence in the United States; according to the CDC, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. The hope for DVAM is to break the cycle of violence through education and awareness. 

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) first observed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1981. Originally called “Day of Unity,” this campaign aimed to bring together advocates from across the country to end violence against women and children. That day turned into a week of recognition and finally, the month we know it as today. 

It wasn’t until 1987 that the Day of Unity turned into an entire month of awareness. In 1989, Congress passed Public Law 101-112, officially declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since then, October has been designated the month to support survivors and raise awareness of domestic violence. 

Even when it is not October, we must have these conversations. It is important to continue standing in solidarity with survivors for their safety, well-being, and happiness.

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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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