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The reality of domestic violence hit especially close to home for residents of Canyon and Ada Counties this month. The homicide of Nampa resident, Selena Thomas, by her fiance, was not only a tragedy but a wake-up call for many as to the prevalence of domestic violence in our communities. The WCA’s 24-hour crisis line has seen an increase in callers since the incident; some callers concerned for themselves, others concerned for their friends and family. The mother of Thomas urged individuals to know the warning signs of abuse and get away before it’s too late. The WCA’s Executive Director, Bea Black, spoke to Fox9 about what exactly these warning signs are and provided safety tips for people in abusive relationships.

SAFETY TIPS
1.      Plan in advance a safe house or shelter to go to.

2.      Decide how you would get there.

3.      Have a bag packed with the following items:

  • 1-2 days clothing, important papers (birth certificates, social security cards), extra keys, small amount of cash, prescription medications

4.      Know where to call for help (See WCA Shoe Card)

5.      Leave when you are aware of danger or threat of being hurt.

WARNING SIGNS You may be in an abusive relationship if your spouse, partner or a family member:

  • Intimidates or threatens to hurt you, your family, or pets.
  • Touches you in ways that hurt or scare you.
  • Insults you in public.
  • Limits where you go, who you see, and what you do.

For the full story and list, click here.

For more details on the Selena Thomas case:

http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/08/21/3334726_three-charged-with-aiding-abetting.html?sp=/99/1687/&rh=1

http://www.jrn.com/kivitv/news/Domestic-abuse-hotline-lights-up-following-death-of-Selena-Thomas-272372341.html

http://www.jrn.com/kivitv/news/Warning-signs-of-domestic-violence-272256321.html

EVENTS

Jul 11

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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Jul 28

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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