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

Leaving a domestic violence home/relationship can be a dangerous process. It is not uncommon for the abuser to escalate their violence in order to coerce the victim into reconciliation or to retaliate for the victim leaving. The abuser is losing control and may threaten to seek custody of their children, interfere with the victim’s employment, or even kill them.

Statistics reveal that up to 3/4 of domestic violence assaults reported to law enforcement agencies are inflicted after separation of the couples and 75% of women who are killed as the result of a violent relationship are killed while trying to leave. Often those who stay in the abusive relationship do so out of fear that the legal system and law enforcement will not be able to protect them from harm.

The importance of having available safe shelter when the victimized person decides to leave cannot be overstated. Most often, leaving is not an abrupt, in the moment, decision but is rather a well thought out methodical process. The WCA’s emergency shelter, the initial point of entrance into the shelter program, is a well-protected secure environment. Thanks to all of the WCA donors that ensure the availability of safe shelter and provide the opportunity for those escaping interpersonal violence to create a positive new beginning.

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Apr 03

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2024 TWIN Awards

The WCA will honor the women who have been chosen as this year’s TWIN Cohort at its 31st Annual Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Luncheon at Noon on Wednesday, April 3rd, at the Boise Centre. “These are women who have made outstanding contributions to the Treasure Valley business community,” WCA Executive Director Bea Black said. “It […]

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Apr 24

2024

Denim Day

April 24, 2024 is Denim Day Denim Day is a day-long awareness campaign that allows us to honor survivors of sexual assault and start conversations about the dangers of victim-blaming. Why denim? In 1992 an 18-year-old Italian girl was sexually assaulted by her driving instructor. While he was initially convicted of the crime and sent […]

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