24-Hour Domestic Abuse Hotline: 208.343.7025


Finding Freedom

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

butterfliesBy Athena Hughes, JV Outreach Coordinator

The mission of the Women’s and Children’s Alliance is to provide safety, healing, and freedom to survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Everything we do aims to give people a chance to find these three things in some way. Each of those three words contains a multitude of meanings, depending on the complex background and hopes of each individual who comes to us.

The word “freedom” can mean many things to different people who have been through an ordeal like sexual assault or domestic abuse. It can mean having healthy ways to cope with the painful effects of trauma; finding safe housing, a job, or continuing education; being in charge of personal finances; being able to set personal boundaries; breaking the cycle of violence in their family; or feeling able and worthy to make their own decisions, maybe for the first time ever. It often means living without fear of another person. These are some of the goals that our residents and community clients have worked toward, and many have achieved them in ways they may not have imagined.

We have seen former residents express a new sense of freedom as they move out of our shelter and on to the next phase of their healing process. One woman told us, “I have become a stronger, more stable, and healthy individual and mother due to this program.” Another expressed several elements of what her personal sense of freedom meant: “You have changed my miserable life into a productive [one] and made me whole again mentally, physically, spiritually.”

What all of these brave individuals share is that they are on a long, difficult journey. The road to freedom does not always go in a direct, forward line, and each person’s path is unique. Survivors may encounter many challenges, obstacles, and setbacks in the process of healing from the layered traumas of abuse and working toward safety and freedom for themselves and their families. But with each challenge comes the opportunity to push forward and take another step toward being able to live fully and without fear.

At each stage in this journey, we seek to empower each one of our courageous clients to make the choices and find the resources they need to be free. We offer support and condolence when there are challenges and celebrate with them at the many victories, big and small.


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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