November 3, 2016
Leanne Guy, Executive Director of the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition is on the frontlines and makes the connection between violence against women and violence against Mother Earth. “We are, as tribal peoples, connected to our lands, to our culture, to our languages. As women, we are life givers, we are nurtures within our communities, and have such a strong connection to Mother Earth as well. Violence against Mother Earth is violence against our women. And, that is part of what we stand for. Trying to end the violence-sexual and domestic violence, and also making that connection to Mother Earth, to the water, to our lands and to us as people. We are uniting against all of the pipeline industry-all of the extraction that is happening against our Earth, our women, our girls, our boys, our men. We are here to provide our support and to stand together as women in the movement, and with all of our relatives here. Read about more Indigenous women on the front lines here.The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence stands in solidarity with the Water Protectors in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipe Line. We recognize the interdependent relationship between the extraction and violence against the environment and extraction and violence against women and girls. We uphold the voices of Indigenous women and all the Water Protectors and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe rights to its land, rights under the law, and dignity. We stand with Standing Rock. #NODAPL
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
Beaming with pride, Dixie Chapman, Executive Director of Bingham Crisis Center, describes her dedicated staff and what they manage to accomplish. Bingham Crisis Center is located in Blackfoot, Idaho, a town in of approximately 12,000 residents, and adjacent to Fort Hall Indian Reservation of the Shoshone Bannock Tribe with nearly 6,000 residents. Each of the 7 staff – plus 1 toy poodle – have specialized roles, and also help out with the overall responsibilities of day to day services for individuals and families impacted by domestic and sexual violence, serving nearly 350 clients annually. Combined, they have over 57 years of experience, and what Dixie describes as “the dedication to go above and beyond, giving 125%”.
Bingham Crisis Center provides many important services, despite being a small program. Some of these are: three crisis lines; two emergency shelters; transitional housing; bi-lingual advocacy, safety planning and case management; counseling, including animal assisted therapy; support groups; community outreach and engagement; prevention; financial literacy and parenting classes, and more. Their staff has had advanced training or capacity building to provide supervised visitation, support families with a child undergoing forensic exams, and participate in case reviews of people who perpetrate violence.
Bingham Crisis Center operates a thrift store, which is run by volunteers, and provides essential clothing and other items for survivors of violence and their children, as well as the community at large.
Dixie also talked about the transformations that have happened through forming relationships with other agencies and resources throughout Bingham County, and how glad they are that community professionals contact them regularly for information and advice.
Heading to Eastern Idaho or perhaps into the Tetons for some winter play? Stop into Bingham Crisis center and say hi to the Bingham Crisis Center team. They welcome visitors and new partners.
We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with you as you help individuals impacted by domestic violence transition into permanent housing. Many survivors can benefit from this assistance. Yet in order to achieve an equitable distribution of resources, we strive to reach our most marginalized or under-served community members.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Melissa Ruth with any questions or concerns, or to brainstorm creative solutions for survivors and their children. Melissa@engagingvoices.org or call 208-841-1704.
The NW Network of Bi, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse works to end violence and abuse by building loving and equitable relationships in their community and across the country. One of the many fabulous resources that are available on their website is a tool that was developed for organizations to evaluate how welcoming and inclusive their services are: Quick Organizational Audit
The tool focuses on the physical environment of the organization, outreach and awareness materials, the messaging of the organization, as well as agency polices. By using this assessment, Idaho’s tribal and domestic violence programs can begin to take the first steps in developing a LGBTQ+ Visibility and Inclusion Plan.
We know that individuals who self-identify as LGBTQ+ or as gender non-conforming are at a higher risk of experiencing sexual and domestic violence. Ensuring that our programs are welcoming and accessible is vital to ensuring we are reaching LGBTQ+ survivors.
Areas that programs can examine include:
The Environment of the Organization: Would a person entering the agency know that they are welcomed to be out as lesbian, bisexual, trans, or gay?
Agency Materials: Would an individual who identifies as LGBTQ+ find their experience represented in outreach materials? Do the materials use inclusive language?
Agency Policies: Is discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation prohibited in service delivery, hiring practices and other organizational business? Are policies inclusive of LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming people?
Whether we work with those who have been sexually assaulted, battered, or stalked, or with women who are trafficked or prostituted, we share the same vision:
An end to violence against women.
We may advocate in different ways but the questions
we ask are the same:
Where does this violence come from?
What can we do to end it?
This innovative 18-month course gives advocates, advocacy program managers and coalition staff a rare chance to come together for self-reflection, inspiration and an opportunity to re-think their approach to individual, institutional and community advocacy.
When June 2017-November 2018
3 In-person events
St. Paul, MN & monthly distance learning in your office!
Cost The course and all materials are free.
Travel subsidies are available.
During this 18-month journey, organizations will have access to:
Past participants had this to say….
“The Advocacy Learning Center has been the single most influential, paradigm shifting training I have ever experienced.”
“The ALC has created a ripple effect in all staff with how we view advocacy on all levels.”
“Our staff gained strong and healthy core practices for providing advocacy services.”
You are Not Your Performance
In our hectic world, there is often an unyielding pressure to perform in a certain way, rather than to just be who you are. Know that your performance is not who you are. Your worth is inherent, it’s not transactional, to be won or lost in an instant. External performance is not about who you are.
This element of self-care is critical to the success of our movement because when our self-worth is tied to our performance, we tend to shy away from risk-taking and experimentation – two qualities that are essential for creating bold social change. To be our most impactful, we need to be able to fail spectacularly – time and again – without feeling like a failure.
Today’s Challenge – Step outside of your comfort zone. Identify something that you’ve been wanting to do but feels risky. Don’t be afraid of failing. Success for today is in committing to the trying, not the outcome. Write down your commitment and have a conversation with a colleague or friend about it.
Visit the online store to view current Idaho Coalition materials available for order.
For store questions, please contact Lacey Sinn or call 208-384-0419 ext. 314.
The Quick Reference for Member Programs: Idaho Coalition Staff, is an overview of some of the ways the Idaho Coalition staff can support your program and includes individual staff contact information.