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October 26, 2017

Boise – Regional Learning Community

Over the last three days, we have so enjoyed being in community with over sixty advocates from tribal and community programs at our Regional Learning Communities. Learning community formats – sitting in circle, sharing and learning with our peers – has allowed us to deepen our connection with one another and our understanding of our common challenges.

Our conversations in Pocatello, Boise, and Coeur d’Alene focused on integrating social change work into our organizations by embodying organizational practices to move us from surviving to thriving (such as breathing low and s-l-o-w, staying hydrated, creating spaciousness through breaks, technology free time periods and modeling self-care for sustainability by going for walks or taking breaks), expanding our reach and services to historically marginalized communities, and interrupting social norms that create the conditions for violence.

Together, we began our work to better integrate sexual assault services into our dual programs by identifying what we do well to serve survivors of sexual assault, made visible the barriers in reaching and providing services to sexual assault survivors and our needs to increase our focus on sexual assault survivors.

We shared our analysis of Marsy’s Law and concerns about the impact, the evaluation results of the Idaho Risk Assessment of Dangerousness, and more.

We are looking forward to continuing these conversations at our upcoming Compassionate Communities: We Choose All of Us conference on November 28th and 29th in Boise. If you have not registered for the conference, please do so here soon!

We are truly honored to spend time in community with all of you. Thank you for all you do to building communities where everyone can thrive. Eastern Idaho friends- we are so sorry we forgot to take a picture when we were all together, but know that we value you and your work!

In solidarity,
Kelly, Jennifer, Estefania, and Jennifer M.


Sexual Assault Forensic Kit Submissions

The Idaho Coalition continues to participate in the multi-disciplinary group that is addressing the submission of sexual assault forensic kits. The group is convened by the Idaho State Police Forensic Services Department and includes representatives from the medical profession, law enforcement, prosecutors, victim advocates, and city and county administrators.

From January 1 to September 15, 2017, a total of 284 kits were received by the Idaho State Police Forensics lab. Two hundred seventy-eight of those kits were from crimes that occurred in Idaho (6 out of state). According to the policy developed by this group, the only reason kits should not be submitted to the lab are instances where the victim declines for the kit to be tested and instances where law enforcement as determined that no crime has been committed. During this reporting period, 43 kits were marked by law enforcement as not needing tested (and the prosecuting attorney agreed with law enforcement on all of these). Of those 43, law enforcement determined no crime was committed in 13 of them, they were no longer investigating it as a crime in 15 of the instances, and in 15 of the incidents victims declined testing.

This group has also set a goal to recruit and train 250 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners in Idaho. Options for providing training in a cost-effective manner are being explored. Please watch for further updates on this exciting endeavor. We so appreciate everything you do to support individuals who experience sexual assault. If you have additional questions about this group, please contact Jennifer Landhuis or Bryan Lyda.

Training & Events

Compassionate Communities: We Choose All of Us Website Header Tuesday, November 28 – Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Boise State University, Student Union Building, Boise, Idaho

Compassionate Communities: We Choose All of Us is a two-day conference where we will envision a world where everyone is valued, everyone is safe, and everyone can thrive. Together we will create a collaborative space for social services and social change to come together to explore ways to repair the harm from our culture of domination, extraction, and violence and to re-imagine a world rooted in interdependence, resilience, and regeneration.

Registration opens October 1st on

Webinar: Best Practices for Motivational Interviewing
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | 1:30 – 3:00 PM MT | 12:30 – 2:00 PM PT

This webinar will be an introduction to the evidence-based methods and principals of Motivational Interviewing. Participants will learn the basic techniques and skills needed to implement Motivational Interviewing in their everyday work with survivors. Participants will gain skills that can help them to assess a survivor’s readiness and motivation for change and support survivors in identifying and achieving their goals while in transitional housing. The presenter for this webinar will be Vanessa Timmons, Executive Director, at the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.

Click the following link to register

The Executive Director’s Learning Community will be Wednesday, February 21st – Thursday, February 22nd in Boise, Idaho. Sandra Henriquez, the executive director with California Coalition Against Sexual Assault will be joining us to talk about more effectively integrating sexual assault services into dual programs and ways to expand our sexual assault work. We will be sending out a survey to get your feedback on other topics that you want to address. In addition, we will have a pre-meeting for new executive directors (five years or less) on Tuesday, February 20th with Tricia Swartling, CEO from The Advocates in Hailey.

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