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Spring is a great time for new beginnings.  Things seem brighter as the days are getting longer again, and with more sunshine everyone’s moods seem to improve. It would be even better if it brought with it a new attitude toward violence and how to deal with the underlying causes that lead to this violence. Instead, we seem more determined than ever to make weapons more commonplace, seeming to encourage more violence as opposed to dealing with underlying causes of the existing violence. This is particularly concerning when we read that the data shows that availability of firearms is a strong risk factor for both homicide and suicide.  What is even more concerning given the work we do at the WCA is that women with access to firearms become homicide victims at higher rates than men. In fact, according to a study in the Journal of Trauma, more than twice as many women are killed with a gun used by their husbands or intimate acquaintances than are murdered by strangers using guns, knives, or any other means. Isn’t it time for a change in attitude that comes from more than just a change in seasons?

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May 23

2024

WCA Virtual 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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Sep 03

2024

2024 Joyce Stein Award Celebration

HONORING THOSE WHO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE GROWTH AND ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN The Joyce Stein Memorial Award is given in memory of Boisean Joyce Ann Stein, a long-time supporter of the WCA (YWCA). Each year an individual who has made a positive impact on the growth and advancement of women is honored. After […]

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Oct 06

2024

Sue B Stroll and 5K October 6, 2024

Join us for the 15th annual SueB 5k  for Every-Body Continuing to honor the memory of Susan “SueB” Newby, the 15th annual SueB 5K Fun Run will kick off on Sunday, October 6, 2024 at 12 noon at Julia Davis Park. Registration opens June 5! This event has always been about outreach and honoring the […]

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