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24-Hour Sexual Assault Hotline: 208.345.7273 (RAPE)

Idaho’s Stalking/Threats Statute

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

There are many forms of abuse that a person may experience over the course of an unhealthy relationship. Typically, these different forms of abuse are used to try and maintain power and control over the other person. If someone chooses to end the relationship it is not a guarantee that the abuse will stop, which is where we often see a shift in abusive tactics and we often see abusers use different forms of stalking to try and continue to exhibit power and control over the other person. In Idaho, if someone is experiencing certain stalking behaviors there is a way to utilize the court system for certain forms of safety and relief, which can be done by filing a civil protection order.

There are two civil protection order statutes in the state of Idaho, one of which is a stalking/threats statute. Typically, a judge can grant a civil protection order under this statute if a person is able to show the judge that within the past 90 days, they have experienced stalking, telephone threats, or threats because they belong to a protected class. Although this statute provides opportunity for some sort of protection from the courts, there is still a gap in the statute due to the narrow definitions of stalking/threats, which often leaves those experiencing this type of behavior from being able to access this form of safety. In addition to often leaving individuals without the ability to qualify for a civil protection order, the statutes themselves can often be confusing and can leave people feeling like what they are experiencing isn’t concerning. At the WCA, Court Advocates are able to provide safety planning appointments to those experiencing any form of abuse, including stalking, from their current or former partner, and can work with someone to create an individualized plan that focuses on implementing new ideas and tools to feel safer at home or in the community.

For more information about civil protection orders and/or safety planning please call a Court Advocate at 208-343-3688 ext 200. 

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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