Boise, ID–A T-shirt that tells the story of healing, a family fun run, a movie premiere, a conference that empowers women to take control of their finances and an eco-savvy shopping experience.
All of these are ways the Women’s and Children’s Alliance will celebrate Domestic Violence Awareness Month as it continues its mission to provide safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault.
One in four women will face domestic abuse in her life, but the problems of domestic abuse extend 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 relationships that everyone wants.”
The events include the following:
The Clothesline Project
More than 60businesses and organizations will display T-shirts painted by survivors and their loved ones.
This project, in partnership with the Boise State University Women’s Center, raises awareness in the community. If you’d like to display a clothesline of T-shirts, please call 208-343-3688.
If you’d like to participate by creating a T-shirt that celebrates healthy relationships, here are our T-shirt painting sessions:
- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at Thomas Hammer Coffee
- 10 a.m. to2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Boise State University’s SUB Patio.
The SueB Memorial 5k Walk/Run
6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at Ann Morrison Park
This family-friendly, fun run celebrates the life of Susan Newby who died in what is believed to be a domestic violence incident. Velma Morrison will fire the starting gun, and Boise State University Men’s and Women’s tennis teams will cheer on the event participants. All proceeds will benefit the WCA’s SueB Endowment Fund.
Idaho Premiere of “Three of a Kind” to benefit the WCA
7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Egyptian Theater
The domestic abuse at the heart of this taut thriller provides a vehicle to
begin a community dialogue about how best to support people in abusive relationships. A panel discussion following the film’s debut should provide some interesting perspectives. The WCA will receive all proceeds from
Smart Women, Smart Money Conference
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the Boise Centre
This free workshop provides women with the tools they need to take control of their financial future. WCA’s financial literacy graduates of the Treasure Valley Economic Action Partnership will be honored during the luncheon. The event is hosted by the Idaho Office of the State Treasurer.
Swap-A-Fair to benefit the WCA
2 .m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at the
Pare down, trade in and trade up. Swap-shopping is an eco-savvy and wallet-
friendly way to update your look for less. Get your admission passes here.