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October 21, 2021

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The National Network to End Domestic Violence’s (NNEDV) theme for this year’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is, “Every1 Knows Some1”. NNEDV chose this theme because with 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experiencing domestic violence, it is very likely that everyone you know, maybe even yourself, knows someone who has been impacted by domestic violence. Advocates already know these numbers. The humans behind these numbers have had a lasting effect on us. They live in our hearts forever and this is why you, Idaho advocates and program leaders, have put your lives on the line during a pandemic to show up for your shifts in the shelter, continue your outreach to schools, and do everything in your power to keep your doors open.

As program leaders and advocates, we know that domestic violence thrives in silence so in October on top of our day to day support of survivors, our normal rush to meet grant deliverables and deadlines, and in addition to trying to balance our lives in the new world we are living in, we take every opportunity we have to shout from the rooftops all of the domestic and sexual violence stats and stories we have in hopes that our communities will hear us and join us to make a difference.

This year local programs are doing so many amazing things to spread the word about domestic and sexual violence in their communities. Family Safety Network, in Driggs, created an installation of the Clothesline project downtown. YWCA in Lewiston created coffee cup jackets with dv stats to be handed out by a local coffee shop. The ‘Úuyit Kímti Program created a virtual scavenger hunt on their Facebook page. This is just a small snapshot of DVAM activities around Idaho. At the Idaho Coalition, we created a social media campaign to educate the general public on domestic violence and the impact of COVID highlighting the disproportionate impact on Black, Indigenous, and survivors of color.

This DVAM the Idaho Coalition would like to thank and honor all the advocates, directors, and program staff in Idaho. We see and appreciate all the work you do every day to make our communities safer.

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MMIP Survey

Indigenous women with red hands over mouths, red and pink backgroundMelanie Fillmore, citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a PhD Graduate Student Researcher with Boise State University’s School of Public Service is requesting our support with their dissertation research, and in connection to the recent release of the Idaho’s MMIP Report she is conducting a survey to understand perceptions on needs of current agency collaborations related to missing and murdered Indigenous persons (MMIP) in Idaho.

Please consider participating in the electronic survey which helps her to understand your involvement in conferences and research on MMIP. The purpose of the survey is to learn more about how collaborations are currently impacting the policy work. As you may be aware, in March 2020 the Idaho Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 33 (HCR 33), a resolution recognizing Missing Murdered Indigenous Persons as an issue impacting Idaho. Among other things, the resolution called for providing recommendations related to policy, collaboration, and data. Your survey may help statewide efforts to understand this issue and to make recommendations for future action. As an Indigenous researcher, I am committed to data that recognizes the historical context of Tribal relations with States and the Federal government.

The survey notifies participants of informed consent and provides additional information. Please consider supporting the MMIP efforts in Idaho by helping us to understand the future policy needs. You may access the survey with this link. Or you may copy the link at the end of the message, and paste it in your browser. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Melanie Fillmore at or Dr. Stephen Utych


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Tai Simpson

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Training & Events

Circulos/Conversations with Women of Color Advocates
October 21, 2021| 2:00pm ET

This event is presented by National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and will be in English with Spanish and ASL interpretation.

Black and Brown advocates have been tired for a very long time. What would it look like to build a movement that truly supports Black and Brown women’s well-being and ability to bring their whole selves to this work? How can we foster true unity for Black and Brown advocates in the face of constant and ongoing disruption? What would it mean to build a movement that centers Black trans women? Collective liberation can only happen when Black women are at the center. Join these conversations to listen, learn from, and honor the lived experiences of women of color advocates. Register here!

Centering Survivors for Transformative Change: Exploring Economic Supports to Prevent Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence with FreeFrom
October 25, 2021| 11 am- 12:30 pm PT/ 12 pm- 1:30 pm MT

Economic supports are crucial for survivors of intimate partner and sexual violence, but need to be survivor-centered to have the greatest impact in reducing violence. As the field learns more about the power of economic support strategies for prevention, it’s time to examine the practical details of this strategy that uphold the dignity of survivors and communities and promote equity. Join PreventConnect and the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence for a conversation with FreeFrom, a national organization working to advance financial security for intimate partner violence survivors. This web conference will discuss FreeFrom’s three pillars of financial security work, as well as examine economic support policies within organizations and communities and their impacts on preventing violence from occurring. Register here!

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