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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 Manager

At the WCA, we often talk about breaking the cycle of abuse. This cycle can refer to the phases an abusive relationship may go through, but the cycle of abuse can also be generational, creating harmful ripple effects that can impact individuals long after the initial abuse. According to the CDC, exposure to violence in childhood increases the risks of future violence victimization and perpetration. While the WCA’s mission of safety, healing and freedom is essential to supporting survivors, we must also work to break the generational cycle of violence to ensure that our vision of a community where everyone thrives in safe, healthy relationships can be a reality for all. This is where our Prevention Program comes in!

You may have seen things in our newsletter or on our social media about the WCA’s Prevention Program, but what is “prevention”? Primary prevention is changing attitudes, behaviors and norms that support the perpetration of violence and abuse. Our violence prevention strategies are wide-ranging and aim to impact individuals, relationships, the community and society as a whole.

Each month in this column we will explore different topics related to preventing violence, and include information about things that you can do in your own life, with your children or within your community!

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Apr 11


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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Apr 26


Denim Day

April 26, 2023 is Denim Day Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim-blaming. Why denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor. While he was initially convicted of the crime and sent […]

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