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Tracy Darling- DeMarcus
Prevention Program Manager

Tuesday, December 1st is recognized globally as World AIDS Day. You may be wondering, what is the connection between World AIDS Day and the violence prevention work of the WCA? HIV-positive women in the United States experience intimate partner violence (IPV) at rates that are higher than the general population. Across a number of studies, the rate of IPV among HIV-positive women (55%) was double the national rate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes the connection between these seemingly separate public health crises, which allows them to develop strategies aimed both at preventing intimate partner violence and new HIV infections (CDC 2014).

Preventing violence requires us to be intersectional and holistic with our approaches. Dating violence, sexual violence, bullying, suicide and other types of violence are connected, and share risk and protective factors. For example, weak health, educational, economic, and social policies/laws is a risk factor for sexual violence, intimate partner violence, suicide, and child abuse/neglect. But community support and connectedness is a protective factor against these same types of violence. Meaning that if we work to strengthen policies and laws as well as build community support and connectedness, we can impact all of these types of violence.

It is essential to our prevention efforts that we build relationships and work collaboratively with other providers in our community. And while we have strong partnerships with a number of other violence prevention programs, we also work closely with partners in public health, suicide prevention, mental health services, education and many more. By working together, we can make the vision of the WCA a reality in our community.

For more information about shared risk and protective factors, visit https://vetoviolence.cdc.gov/apps/connecting-the-dots/node/5.

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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