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The Prevention Perspective

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

Tracy Darling- DeMarcus
Prevention Program Manager

Tuesday, December 1st is recognized globally as World AIDS Day. You may be wondering, what is the connection between World AIDS Day and the violence prevention work of the WCA? HIV-positive women in the United States experience intimate partner violence (IPV) at rates that are higher than the general population. Across a number of studies, the rate of IPV among HIV-positive women (55%) was double the national rate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes the connection between these seemingly separate public health crises, which allows them to develop strategies aimed both at preventing intimate partner violence and new HIV infections (CDC 2014).

Preventing violence requires us to be intersectional and holistic with our approaches. Dating violence, sexual violence, bullying, suicide and other types of violence are connected, and share risk and protective factors. For example, weak health, educational, economic, and social policies/laws is a risk factor for sexual violence, intimate partner violence, suicide, and child abuse/neglect. But community support and connectedness is a protective factor against these same types of violence. Meaning that if we work to strengthen policies and laws as well as build community support and connectedness, we can impact all of these types of violence.

It is essential to our prevention efforts that we build relationships and work collaboratively with other providers in our community. And while we have strong partnerships with a number of other violence prevention programs, we also work closely with partners in public health, suicide prevention, mental health services, education and many more. By working together, we can make the vision of the WCA a reality in our community.

For more information about shared risk and protective factors, visit https://vetoviolence.cdc.gov/apps/connecting-the-dots/node/5.


Apr 03


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


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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