24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025


CEO Update 10.21.21

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

Using Threats to Control Others

Think about someone or something you love. Then think about how you would feel if someone threatened them with harm. What would you do to keep that from happening?

Unfortunately, in their desire to exert control over another individual, abusers frequently use this tactic because they know how effective it can be. Threatening to harm a child or a beloved pet is a great way to control another person without laying a finger on them.

During this month dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness, we highlight the lesser-known tactics used by abusers. While physical violence is much easier to understand and recognize, the control exerted and damage inflicted through other forms of abuse can be even more damaging to a person’s psyche and self-worth. Feeling trapped and doubting that anyone will believe them leaves individuals feeling helpless to protect those they love.

It is important not to minimize these signs of abuse and perhaps even more critical for one experiencing the trauma is to reach out and talk to someone who understands the cycle and believes them without hesitation. An abuser can exert control in many ways, subtly and quietly. Our advocates can help someone talk through their experiences and validate what they are feeling. If you or someone you know needs help—please never hesitate to call our hotline at 208-343-7025, anytime from anywhere. Our trained staff are on the other end of the phone line, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Suppose you would like to hear directly from one of our clients about the impact of our work on her life. In that case, I encourage you to register here for one of our three virtual Healing Begins with Hope outreach and fundraising virtual events scheduled for Friday, October 29 and Saturday, October 30. It is humbling to me every time I get to hear directly from one of our clients how the work we do has allowed them to do the hard work required to break out of an abusive partner’s control.

HBWH Outreach and Fundraising Event
Please join us to hear personal stories from WCA clients about their incredible journeys to freedom and learn more about the vital work we do every day to support survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Register here for one of three free online watch parties:
          Oct 29 at Noon
          Oct 29 at 7 p.m.
          Oct 30 at 10 a.m.


Sep 29


Domestic Violence Awareness Month – 2023

Domestic Violence Awareness Month October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the WCA will be holding a joint press conference on September 29 at the Idaho Peace Officers’ Memorial at 10am. The WCA and other Domestic Violence service providers will be on site with information and awareness raising materials for our community members. Elected officials […]

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Oct 01


Sue B Stroll and 5K October 1, 2023

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k  and  3k  Urban  stroll  for  Every-Body Continuing to honor the memory of Susan “SueB” Newby, the 14th annual SueB 5K Fun Run will kick off on Sunday, October 1st at 12 noon at Julia Davis Park. You can sign up to participate here with 5K registration starting at $25. […]

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Oct 01


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

Join us for the 14th annual SueB 5k and 3k Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt for EveryBODY! The 14th annual SueB 5k and 3k Scavenger Hunt 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 […]

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Oct 18


Witches Night Out at the Village

Mark your calendars for Witches Night Out on October 18, 2023 from 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 18 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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Dec 14


Concert for Cause

Mark you calendars for 2023 Concert for Cause – December 14th Thursday, December 14th 94.9 The River is excited to present headlining artist Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness with Michigander and Arlie for their 2023 Concert for Cause benefitting the WCA! Join us at The Knitting Factory Concert House in Bodo for an evening of […]

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