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Stalking Awareness Month

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January is National Stalking Awareness Month. Stalking is a serious, dangerous crime that impacts many people. Anyone can experience stalking. According to research done by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in six women and one in 17 men have experienced some form of stalking in their lifetime.

The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Research Center (SPARC) defines stalking as “a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress.” Stalkers use different strategies of surveillance, life invasion, interference, and intimidation. The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence gives the following examples of common stalking behaviors: repeated phone calls, texts, or social media contacts; showing up wherever someone goes; following someone when they travel; giving someone unwanted gifts; damaging someone’s property; monitoring phone calls or computer usage, or any other actions that control, track, or frighten someone. Surveillance can be both physical, such as following someone in a dark alley, or digital, such as tracking someone else’s GPS. Stalking can be frightening and overwhelming, and it is never the victim’s fault. All responsibility lies with the perpetrator who chose to inflict fear and suffering.

In the state of Idaho, until recently, those being stalked were unable to file a civil protection order against stalking if they were not in a relationship with the perpetrator. Now all stalking survivors have the option. The WCA’s Court Advocates help provide assistance to those seeking relief through the legal system. Court Advocates are able to provide information and resources regarding matters like divorce, custody, and civil protection orders. Through the civil protection order process, Court Advocates are able to talk through the protection order process, help with filling out initials petitions, and offer support and resources through their court proceedings, including accompanying petitioners to their hearings. If you would like to get in touch with a WCA Court Advocate, call 208.343.3688, ext. 200. 

For more information on civil protection orders and the process in Idaho, refer here. For more information on stalking and ways to help yourself or someone else experiencing it, please visit the SPARC or the Idaho Coalition.

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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