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Prevention Perspective: July 2021

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“The more healthy relationships a child has, the more likely he will be to recover from trauma and thrive. Relationships are the agents of change…” – Dr. Bruce Perry

In the violence prevention world, we put a lot of time and effort into educating young people and building individual skills. We love our lesson plans and curriculum, going into classrooms and facilitating groups. Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely enjoy educating these young people, and knowing that the skills we are teaching can be directly applied to their lives and relationships.

However, this is not the whole picture of violence prevention. And in fact, our work is about more than just teaching lessons and building skills, what we are really trying to do in the spaces we work within is build rapport, trust and relationships. In some cases, a young person has a great family and support system, and I can be there to guide them to information and resources. In other cases, it is clear that a young person may have never had a safe, supportive adult in their life. And in those cases, I can play an even more important role. I can model a healthy adult/youth relationship built on trust and mutual respect. I can build them up and reassure them that they are valued, worthy and deserving of healthy and safe relationships even if that is something they have never seen or had before. I can keep showing up for them, even (or sometimes especially) if they mess up or make a mistake. 

The relationships we make in our day-to-day lives matter. We can’t always know the long-term impacts we have on those around us, but we do know that having safe and supportive adults can help protect young people from violence. Is there a child in your life (niece, student, neighborhood kid) that may look to YOU as that safe, supportive adult?

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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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