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November 3, 2016

Standing Rock Sioux tribe and thousands of Indigenous and non-indigenous people from across the country have gathered together to oppose the 1,200 mile Dakota Access Pipeline. Among the thousands of Water Protectors are Indigenous women from tribal coalitions and tribal domestic and sexual violence programs.

Leanne Guy, Executive Director of the Southwest Indidenous Women's Coalition

Leanne Guy, Executive Director of the Southwest Indidenous Women’s Coalition

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

Towards Thriving,
Kelly Miller
Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Bingham Crisis Center

Fun at the Bingham Crisis Center Staff Retreat

Fun at the Bingham Crisis Center Staff Retreat
Back Row, left to right: Glenda- Thrift Store Manager, Dixie- Executive Director, Cassandra- Mental Health Counselor, Laura- Financial, Dulce – Bilingual Advocate/Outreach Coordinator
Front Row, left to right: Josephine- Direct Client Services Coordinator, Jaimie- Volunteer Receptionist
Taking photo: Kary- Housing Coordinator

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.

Transitional Housing: Refreshing the Basics

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.

Funding Snapshot

  • Eligibility: A person fleeing domestic violence and emergency shelter is not available or adequate for this survivor
  • Priority to serve survivors who are under-served and/or from marginalized communities
  • Approximately $6,600 available per program over the course of 3 years. Funding availability and allocations may change over the course of the grant due to grant requirements, new programs utilizing funds, and/or programs not utilizing funds.
  • Qualified participants (survivors) must receive funding assistance for a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 24 months.
  • Monthly payments can vary. For example, you could provide an individual with a larger amount to secure stable housing and then pay a smaller portion of the rent as time goes on.
  • Utilities can only be paid if a portion of an individual’s rent is also being paid.
  • Program must write checks to landlord/utilities and invoice Coalition.
  • Coalition reimburses the program. If you need other arrangements, please contact us.
  • Program must also offer voluntary supportive services. Participants are not required to participate in any services to receive funding.
  • Transitional Housing Launch Webinar is required viewing prior to programs requesting funds. It’s about 20 minutes in length and can be accessed here.
  • Programs participating cannot be receiving Transitional Housing funds through OVW.

Funding Snapshot

  • One-Time Only
    • Program Agreement
  • One-Time Per Participant
    • Supplemental Information Form (demographics for OVW – not connected to eligibility!)
    • Support Services Verification Form (submit new form only if survivor/participant is served with additional services they weren’t served at the onset of participation.)
    • Follow-Up Services Verification Form (submit after client transitions into permanent housing between 6-24 months, or if client terminates with program prior to that
  • Submit Monthly
    • Request Amount form
    • Invoice

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. or call 208-841-1704.

Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Visibility & Inclusion

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?

For more information, please check out the NW Website or contact Bryan at the Idaho Coalition Office.


Training & Events

newsletter-image-3 Embark on an interactive and transformative journey with advocacy groups across the country to explore our collective roots and strengthen our efforts to end violence against women and children.

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.

Learn More.


When June 2017-November 2018

Where 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:

  • 9 days of intensive in-person training
  • Monthly support and critical thinking webinar sessions
  • Quarterly keynote lectures from thinkers, practitioners, researchers, writers and activists
  • 2 independent study courses
  • 1 site visit to an innovative program working for social change/social justice
  • Free individualized technical assistance

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.”

Video recording of past participants



Radical Self-Care

You are Not Your Performance

newsletter-image-5In 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.

Idaho Coalition Store Materials

Material Orders - Website Store Image Reminder that shipping for all material orders made by Programs on the Idaho Coalition website store is FREE of cost, please use the below coupon for all orders.

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.

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Quick Reference for Member Programs: Idaho Coalition Staff

IdahoCoalitionStaff_ProgramSupportInfoThe Idaho Coalition staff can support your program in a multitude of ways. We are here to build your capacity so individuals who are impacted by violence can survive and move towards thriving.

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.

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