24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025


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The Prevention Perspective

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

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.


Jun 22


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 01


SueB 5k and Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt October 1, 2023

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k The 14th annual SueB 5k will be on October 1, 2023 and we hope you can join us! We invite you to join us to raise awareness about domestic abuse, while memorializing the life of an individual who has brought so many people together. The SueB 5k […]

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