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Tracy Darling-DeMarcus, Community Engagement Specialist

February is Teen DV Month orangeI want to put myself out of a job.  This statement gets me a lot of funny looks.  I say this when I present to students for a couple of reasons.  First, to catch attention that may have wandered to lunchtime or after school plans, but second because I truly hope there is a day when an agency like the WCA does not need to exist.  I believe that by educating young people about healthy relationships and dating violence, these students can be the generation that puts the WCA out of business.

February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.  Unfortunately dating violence is all too common.  One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.  Dating violence can also cause negative side effects later in life such as substance abuse, eating disorders, attempted suicide, and domestic violence (loveisrespect.org).

In the past year, the WCA’s student prevention program has grown significantly.  So far in the 2017-2018 school year, the WCA has engaged with more than 925 junior high and high school students in the Treasure Valley.  Through our classroom presentations and activities, we discuss healthy and unhealthy relationships, red flags, and how to help a friend.  Our goal is to empower young people to build healthy relationships, raise awareness about dating violence, and educate their peers on the signs of abuse.

After going through an activity, one 9th grade student said “I feel that I understand more about how to be safe and look out for others.”  Another 9th grader said “If I’m ever in any of these situations I have a source I can go to.”

Though our program is expanding, we aren’t able to speak with every student in the Treasure Valley.  It will take all of us to end dating and domestic violence.  As parents, teachers, aunts, uncles, coaches, and supporters of teens, it is our responsibility to be talking to them about relationships.  The WCA has many other resources available for talking to teens about relationships, from workshops for parents to education for youth-serving professionals.

Everyone has a hand in ending dating violence!  Find out what you can do to prevent dating violence for the teens in your life by visiting our website (wcaboise.org) or loveisrespect.org!

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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

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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


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Dec 14


Concert for Cause

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