October 8, 2020
The Elmore County Domestic Violence Council and Evans Harmony House are located in Mountain Home; however, we serve all of Elmore County. Back in 2014, we opened our first resource center where we provided safety planning, domestic violence education, and civil protection order assistance. Since then, have grown exponentially. In 2019, we opened our domestic violence shelter that services victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. In addition, we started offering more services at our separate resource center. Some of these new services include case management, counseling, support groups, court advocacy, and 24/7 advocacy.
Since we cover many small rural communities within the approximate 3,100 sq. miles of Elmore County, accessing services is one of the biggest barriers our clients face. There are very few options for public transportation and taxi services, leading to struggles for victims when they are trying to receive help. During the stay-at-home order, our crisis line saw a large increase in calls. There was over a 200% increase compared to the quarter prior to the stay-at-home orders. This pushed our advocates to strategize for ways to help our clients that were struggling even harder than normal to access services. We have since started offering remote advocacy to any clients and survivors that require it. Not only has this helped victims that are affected by COVID-19, but it has also helped victims that have always struggled to come into Mountain Home to receive services at our resource center.
This past year, one of our main priorities was to provide outreach and education to the teens in our community. Our advocates have been going into the local high schools to promote healthy relationships and consent to the health classes. In addition, we have started a youth-led group where the high-schoolers can come together to promote positive change within the community.
Our goal for this coming year is to open a second resource center in Glenns Ferry. We plan to find a location to open a small office space to have an advocate available within this area at least twice a week. This will create more accessibility for victims within our rural communities.
We are excited to announce that we have TWO new staff members who have joined the Idaho Coalition: Amy York, Social Change Administrative Assistant, and Kailey Carter-Zitterkopf, Social Change Finance Associate!
Amy York, Social Change Administrative Associate
First and foremost, Amy is a mother. She is passionate about building a brighter future for all. This motivates her every day to challenge herself, and others around her, to learn and grow towards collective liberation. Amy finds hope in our ability to build community, listen deeply, and the life-long pursuits of self-reflection and learning. She embodies joy and laughter – revolutionary practice. Amy holds gratitude for those who remind her to lead with curiosity and wonder.
You can reach Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kailey Carter-Zitterkopf, Social Change Finance Associate
Kailey has spent most of her career providing trauma-informed services to survivors of gender-based violence and through this work has come to believe that empowering those who have been oppressed by racist, sexist, and classist structures is the key to transforming our society. She strives to be part of the revolution to dismantle the systems of capitalism while keeping the focus of the work human centered. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and crocheting.
You can reach Kailey at email@example.com.
While voting on behalf of yourself and your family is important, voting is also one way to advocate on behalf of victims and survivors who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. Many of the candidates and issues on the ballot will in one way or another affect victims’ rights and the ability to do the work to end gender-based violence.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. This is an important election year, not only because of the extent of the ballot, but also due to the complications that COVID-19 presents for voters across the country. There are several different options that you can choose from that can keep you and your family safe during this unprecedented time. First, let’s go over the logistics of how to vote in the state of Idaho.
The mail in and online registration deadline for voting in Idaho is Friday, October 9th, which is soon! If you are planning to register by mail, it must be postmarked by October 9th. If you have not registered yet, you can do so here.
We encourage people to registered ahead of Election Day to avoid having to wait in lines with the reduced number of polling places available around the state. However, if you miss the registration deadline, you can still register and vote in person on Election Day, November 3rd.
Not sure if you’re registered? You can look that up here.
If you plan on voting by absentee ballot, the request deadline is Friday, October 23rd.
You can participate in early voting in-person between Monday, October 19th – Friday, October 30th at your nearest polling location.
What’s on the Ballot?
Next, once you have registration completed and a voting plan, it’s time to look at the ballot.
Federal: President, Vice-President, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Representative
State: Senators and Representatives from your district
Local: Depends on your area, but could include county commissioners, trustees, specific issues, and various other items.
Not sure what district you’re in? Go here to find out your district and closest polling location.
Now that you’ve registered, looked at the candidates and issue, it’s time to VOTE.
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The Housing Preservation Program is aimed at helping renters affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic crisis. The Housing Preservation Program (HPP) is available only to Idaho renters and provides assistance not only for rent, but utilities as well.
If you know anyone who needs assistance, please share this information with them.
A call-line (1-855-452-0801) is available to applicants in need of assistance with submitting an application. You may be able to assist applicants by making a phone available for call line access, providing internet access, scanning documents and/or submitting documents to IHFA via fax.
The following resources are available for you when messaging your clients. If there is anything else we can provide to assist with this effort, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 11:00 AM MDT
Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 1:00 PM MDT
Tać leeheyn oykalo.
Good day relatives,
All people are sacred and worthy of protection, justice, and wellness. During October, the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence will host Ti Novitawi Kocheukaakwe Virtual Conference Honoring Missing & Murdered Indigenous People.
Presented via Zoom, this conference will give advocates, criminal legal system personnel, policy makers, and educators the opportunity to explore the disproportionate rates of gender-based violence impacting Indigenous communities in Idaho and regionally. More critically, it will provide Indigenous informed solutions and response to better collaborate across agencies and sectors.
Community and tribal domestic and sexual violence program members can participate at no cost.
For any individual or organization that is unable to pay the registration fee, there is a zero-cost scholarship option immediately available upon registration.
Registration is now open, and specific session information will be updated as details are confirmed.
Click on the link below to register.
Registration is now open!
We look forward to connecting with you for this transformative experience.
UPCOMING WEBINARS – Resource Sharing Project – OVW Sexual Assault National Technical Assistance Provider
Each week will have a different topic and facilitator so please make sure to register for each Community Dialogue you are interested in attending. Registration information for the first four weekly Community Dialogues is listed below. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation and closed captioning will be provided. Registration capacity is 100 participants, unless otherwise noted.
Enhancing Advocacy through a Healing Centered Approach
October 8: Register here.
A healing centered approach incorporates a trauma-informed lens while also centering the survivor’s cultural identity and strengths. This holistic approach to advocacy can provide survivors with the opportunities for healing. Join Olga Trujillo for this dialogue where she will explore how advocates can take a healing centered approach with survivors. Through a case study, facilitators will examine why cultural identity is so important and explore strategies advocates may take that sustain connection and center cultural identity and individual strengths at its foundation. Together, these strategies support healing and resilience. The dialogue offers practical guidance for advocates to move toward a healing centered approach.
WEBINAR RECORDINGS – National Network to End Domestic Violence Cultural Series – OVW National Technical Assistance Provider Domestic Violence
March 26: LGBTQ Communities, National LGBTQ Institute/NW Network Click Here
May 20: Native American Communities, NIWRC & AKNWRC Click Here
May 27: Alaskan Native Communities, NIWRC & AKNWRC Click Here
June 18: Asian-Pacific Islander Communities, APIGBV Click Here
August 12: Persons with Disabilities Communities – Pt.1, Vera Institute for Justice Click Here
August 19: Persons with Disabilities Communities – Pt. 2, Vera Institute for Justice Click Here
September 2: African-American Communities, Ujima Click Here
Here’s more detail with the power points and handouts:
LGBTQ Communities Resources from the National LGBTQ Institute on Intimate Partner Violence: PowerPoint Slides and Chatbox: Click Here
Native American Communities Resources from the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC): PowerPoint Slides and Chatbox: Click Here
Persons with Disabilities Communities Resources from the Vera Institute of Justice: PowerPoint Slides and Chatbox: Click Here
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