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July 16, 2019

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH) is working with The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) on an important survey on the needs of survivors and their children with mental health and substance use challenges.

Many programs are struggling with how to best support survivors with mental health and substance use challenges, and NCDVTMH wants to help. The results of this survey will be used to create new resources for programs like yours to support your work on these issues. It will also help the domestic violence field at large better understand how to advocate for survivors with mental health or substance use challenges.

This survey is voluntary and anonymous. It should be completed by someone in your program who has been in their position for at least a year and is knowledgeable about how your domestic violence services are delivered. Ideally, it would be completed by a domestic violence services director or a staff member in a similar position. It will take about 20 minutes to complete this survey. We understand how valuable your time is and appreciate any input that you can provide.

You can access the survey here:

The survey will only be open through July 19th, 2019.

Changes to Idaho Legal Aid Services phone and intake system

Idaho Legal Aid Services (ILAS) is changing their phone and intake system to a more user friendly and efficient system. On July 17, 2019, ILAS will go from 10 telephone numbers used by the general public (7 regional offices, 3 legal advice lines) to one. That number will be 208-746-7541. Callers to the historic numbers will be automatically forwarded to the new statewide number where they will have four options. The first two options will guide callers to apply for services in English or Spanish. The remaining options will enable persons to reach our staff by entering their extension or using a staff directory. The new phone system that made this change possible assigned each ILAS staff a direct number as well. ILAS staff will forward those numbers to clients, partners and attorneys that they work with.

Revised Civil Protection Order PETITION — Effective July 1, 2019

Revised Petition Available for Civil Protection Orders effective July 1, 2019.

Senate Bill 1117 revised Idaho Code §§ 18-7907 and 18-7908 related to civil protection orders. The revised law eliminated the reference to the malicious harassment and telephone harassment criminal statutes as definitions for a basis to file a civil protection order. There were no changes to petitions filed based on stalking. Language was added to specify that harassment must be based on a protected class: race, color, religion, ancestry, or national origin; and that telephone threats to inflict injury or physical harm must be made with the intent to terrify, threaten, or intimidate.

The Sworn Petition for Protection Order was revised to match the change in statutory language. Additional changes were made throughout the Petition and Orders to eliminate unnecessary language; make language more consistent with statute and throughout the Petition and Orders; and explanatory language was added to eliminate misunderstandings. The Idaho Supreme Court has approved these revised uniform civil protection order forms and orders that shall be used by all of the courts of the State of Idaho. The new versions go into effect July 1, 2019 to coincide with the revised law. Please delete all previous versions of the Petition.

Forms used by the public are warehoused on the Supreme Court’s Court Assistance Office website: Idaho Guide and File, a guided questionnaire/interview process, is also available on this website to assist petitioner in completing the court paperwork.

[The revised PETITION can be found here] in both a Word document and fillable PDF format […] to have available for petitioners. All other forms for filing (Law Enforcement Service Information Sheet and the Family Law Case Information Sheet) remain the same.

Below is the website link to the Supreme Court Order approving the revised forms and orders:

Revised Petition [may be used beginning] July 1, 2019.

If you have questions please contact Amber Moe at or 208-947-7451.

Amber Moe, LCPC
Statewide Domestic Violence Court Manager
Administrative Office of the Courts | Idaho Supreme Court
Office 208.947.7451|

Program Spotlight | The Advocates’ CEO named one of top 9 in the state

On June 11, there were eight adults, six children and two dogs in The Advocates’ shelter in Hailey, which offers a high level of safety and support to people who have recently left an unsafe environment. In transitional housing, there were four adults and seven children. The nonprofit’s CEO, Tricia Swartling, says there are a lot more people on the waiting list for housing, and she’s determined to fill that need with a new facility being built on River Street that will provide more housing options for victims of domestic abuse in the community.

“We’re fortunate to be able to do this project and continue supporting the community,” Swartling said during an interview with the Idaho Mountain Express on May 30.

Last month, Swartling was named one of the nine best CEOs in the state by Idaho Business Review. Nominated by Idaho Nonprofit Center CEO and President Amy Little, Swartling said the award was a big honor and she aims to use the publicity to highlight some of the other resources and services that The Advocates provides.

Swartling made it clear that The Advocates is a nonjudgmental organization that simply aims to provide resources and support for those who ask for it.

“We don’t tell people what they need, we tell them what’s available,” she said.

Since she became CEO in 1995, she has helped raise $22 million for the nonprofit, growing and evolving the organization based on community needs, including adding resources for financial education, legal services and teaching teens and adults how to prevent potentially violent situations.

Continue reading article.

Article by: Alejandra Buitrago | Idaho Mountain Express | Jun 12, 2019 | Connect/Email

Training & Events

VERA Institute of Justice | A Rural Perspective: Serving Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence with Disabilities in Rural Communities
Tuesday, July 16th | 2 – 3:30 p.m. EST | Webinar

Survivors of domestic or sexual violence with disabilities face barriers in receiving services, but when they live in a rural community, they may have an even more difficult time receiving accessible services. In this webinar, an overview of the challenges rural service providers face in helping survivors overcome barriers will be provided, followed by some best practices and solutions to the challenges faced.

Register here.

National Latin@ Network | How do you Build Survivor Centered Spaces for LGBTQ++ People of Color?
Thursday, August 15th | 1 – 2:30 p.m. EST | Webinar

This webinar will teach you basics on working with LGBTQ++ survivors of color and how to make your organization welcoming and supporting for them. We will review broad concepts as well as specific policy and practice changes.

During the webinar, participants will:

  • Understand the differences between gender, sexual orientation, and sex.
  • Begin to understand the impact of privilege & oppression on LGBTQ++ survivor’s safety and access to services.
  • Understand what survivor leadership is and how your organization can begin to nourish it in your organization
  • Identify strengths and places of growth when working with LGBTQ++ survivors of color
    Understand what policies and procedures can hinder the experiences of LGBTQ++ survivors of color in your organization
    • Register here.

      Intermountain Fair Housing Council | Statewide Training Events

      Fair Housing Training | Moscow, ID
      Wednesday, September 18, 2019 8:30am-4:30pm
      Moscow, Idaho
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      Fair Housing Training | Lewiston, ID
      Thursday, September 19, 2019 8:30am-4:30pm
      Lewiston, Idaho
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      Fair Housing Training | Coeur d’ Alene, ID
      Fall Date To Be Determined
      Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
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      Community Members, Housing Providers, Advocates, Government Personnel, and Attorneys encouraged to attend.

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