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Erin Vlamis- Court Advocate Manager

Typically, when people hear the phrase “gender-based violence” they automatically assume that is exclusive to women and girls, however, that is simply not the case. Gender-based violence is violence that is directed at an individual based on their biological sex or gender identity and is an issue that people all over the world face. Gender-based violence knows no bounds and can be physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and psychological. Due to the many ways that this can show up in people’s lives, it can include behaviors like threats, coercion, economic or educational deprivation, and can be done in both private and public settings

Gender-based violence is largely under-reported due to the lack of resources and support systems that may be accessible. One of the most important things regarding gender-based violence is that it can happen    to anyone at any time, regardless of demographics, geographical location, socio-economic status, sexuality, or gender identity. Gender-based violence includes women and girls, men and boys, and sexual and gender minorities, which shows up due to the systemic gender inequality that tends to stifle voices of those that have experienced gender-based violence.

Gender-based violence shows up in many forms, so it is important to remember that it is any act of violence that is directly related to someone’s gender. Specific examples of gender-based violence are things like street harassment, unwanted physical touch, outing a person or threatening to out a person, sexual assault, intimate partner violence and much more. To prevent gender-based violence everyone must engage in conversations that are inclusive to all who may be experiencing gender-based violence so there are more allies to work towards ending gender-based violence in all forms.

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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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