EVENTS RAISE AWARENESS DURING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
Boise, ID – Boise Mayor David Bieter has joined local and national officials in proclaiming October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the City of Boise. During the month of October, the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA) is partnering with other local organizations and supporters to bring awareness to domestic abuse in our community.
A t-shirt that tells the story of healing, a family fun run, a breakfast honoring first responders and more. All of these are ways the WCA will highlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month as it continues its mission to provide safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault.
According to a recent study commissioned and funded by the Avon Foundation for Women, 54 million Americans report they have been victims of domestic violence–one in four women and one in seven men surveyed.
Contrary to many perceptions, domestic abuse is not just an issue of physical violence and extends to any relationship between intimate partners. An abusive relationship exists when one partner exerts power and control over another through a variety of behaviors, including isolation, intimidation, threats, withholding financial support or physical violence.
“Everyone in our community has an important role in creating safe, healthy relationships,” WCA Executive Director Bea Black said. “These events – especially this month – all provide ways people can learn more about creating the kind of relationship that everyone wants.”
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events
The Clothesline Project
More than 60 businesses and organizations will display T-shirts painted by local survivors and their loved ones. This project, in partnership with the Boise State University Women’s Center, raises awareness in the community.
October 3 – “The Power of One: Honoring First Responders During Domestic Violence Awareness Month”
9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 3 at Saint Alphonsus, McCleary Auditorium
The Ada County Paramedics Association (ACPA) and the Women’s & Children’s Alliance (WCA) are partnering to present a special breakfast hosted by Saint Alphonsus to honor the importance and impact of first responders on our community. The breakfast program will include Linda Martin, Saint Alphonsus Hospital; Steve Boyenger, Deputy Director, Ada County Paramedics; Dr. Benjamin Cornett, Idaho Emergency Physicians and Medical Director for the Ada County Paramedics; Cindy Mendoza, Survivor, Former WCA Client; and Bea Black, Executive Director, Women’s & Children’s Alliance.
- Media is invited to attend
October 4 – Children’s Safety Fair
9 a.m.- noon at the Home Depot, 1200 Milwaukee Street, Boise. WCA staff will join other community partners to share information about domestic violence and services for those impacted.
October 4 – Fallapalooza
A fall festival, featuring local businesses, food, and family activities! Shopping, food trucks and more! Come enjoy live music featuring Boise’s own Mt. Joy, Tisper, and guests. This event is free to the public to attend! Don’t miss the pie eating contest at 1pm. And don’t forget to purchase as many tickets as you’d like and enter to win one or more wonderful gift baskets, donated by individuals in your community! All proceeds benefit The Women and Children’s Alliance. WCA staff will be onsite with information about domestic violence and services for those impacted.
October 4 – Visual Arts Collective Benefit Show, Raffle & Art Auction
Live bands, raffles, art auctions, and a show will be put on to raise money for the WCA at the Visual Arts Collective (3638 Osage St, Garden City 83714). Music from Dirty Crown, Braided Waves, Junior Rocket Scientist, and Dark Swallows. $5 tickets at the door – show starts at 8pm, doors open at 7pm. WCA staff will be onsite with information about domestic violence and services for those impacted. Proceeds form ticket sales benefit WCA.
October 5 – The SueB 5K Memorial Walk/Run
Ada County Paramedics employees and the Women’s & Children’s Alliance (WCA) are partnering to host the 5th Annual SueB Memorial 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, October 5, 2014. This year, we’ve added a separate half-mile run just for kids!
This family-friendly event will feature a band at the Gene Harris Bandshell, a bungee trampoline, a rock climbing wall, bounce houses, and several local food trucks. Our goal is to host a family-friendly, fun day in the park to celebrate healthy relationships. All proceeds from the event benefit the WCA.
Kids’ race starts at 3 p.m./5K starts at 3:30 p.m.
- Registration: Kids run $20, 5K $25, Team of 10 or more $20 per person
October 11 – RADAR Ride
R.A.D.A.R.- Rider’s Against Domestic Abuse and Rape is holding a Rally to benefit The Women’s and Children’s Alliance. There will be a poker run for Bikers, silent and live auction, raffle, karaoke contest and carnival games and more! Fun for the whole family topped off with a spaghetti dinner.
WCA staff will be onsite with information about domestic violence and services for those impacted. Send entry fee to RADAR before October 7, 4321 Airport Rd, Nampa, Idaho, 83687
Where: Knights of Columbus Bingo Hall, 2900 E Railroad Nampa, ID 83687
- Kick Stands up 11 a.m. — $15, Non rider activities began at Noon
- Dinner Begins at approximately 2:30 p.m., Meal tickets $7
October 22 – Witches Night Out at the Village in Meridian
Head to The Village in Meridian for a women’s night out to celebrate Halloween with fun fall festivities. Wear a costume and enjoy great deals at your favorite shops, delicious food and drink, and participate in a huge raffle! WCA staff will be onsite with information about domestic violence and services for those impacted. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Idaho Humane Society and the WCA.
October 28 – 10 Barrel Charity of the Month
WCA receives a percentage of sales on October 28th between 5 and 9 p.m. at 10 Barrel Brewing in downtown Boise. WCA staff will be onsite with information about domestic violence and services for those impacted.
October 30 — The Flick’s “A Hard Day’s Night” Viewing
Join us for a fun and nostalgic evening celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first movie, now with a killer stereo soundtrack and restored digital picture. This is the only Idaho screening of the classic. Feel free to wear your sixties attire! Tickets are $12 and are available online or at the door (if available). WCA staff will be onsite with information about domestic violence and services for those impacted. Proceeds benefit the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.
About the WCA
The Women’s & Children’s Alliance provides safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. The WCA operates secure shelters and provides professional counseling, legal advocacy, crisis services and case management to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. For more information, visit www.wcaboise.org.