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July 29, 2021

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The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence office will be closed Monday, August 2 through Friday, August 6, 2021, in response to the impact of the pandemic and the unrelenting racialized trauma for BIPOC and impacted staff.

“If everyone’s not working, everyone can attend to themselves without distraction” is insight from Kelly Bates’ article, “Is Your Staff Crumbling in 2021?”. The article addresses the need to honor and recognize the fraying that has occurred during 2020 and into 2021 and ways to begin to “braid” our community back together.

Please contact Micaela or Annie in the event of any program emergencies.

Date Change for Restoring Ourselves In-Person Gathering for Advocates and Executive Directors

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The Idaho Coalition is committed to being intentional, and fully responsible, in scheduling around holidays and cultural events. To stand in our mission for all to have equal access to fully participate in any gathering hosted by the Idaho Coalition, we have rescheduled our time together for the Advocate Training: Restoring Ourselves In-Person Gathering for Advocates & Executive Directors due to the observance of Yom Kippur.

The event has been rescheduled to take place September 13-14* (previously advertised to take place September 15-16).

This convening is for program advocates and executive directors to come together in person to explore the lessons, gifts and grief of this moment and engage in restorative healing practices that they can use for themselves and to create healing spaces for survivors.

To ensure there is enough space for travel on Monday, September 13, we will have a collective lunch at 12 noon and begin the gathering at 1 pm.

We hope you are still able to join us. If you have questions or concerns or need to cancel your registration, please contact Kailey at

Register here.

VOCA Fix Becomes Law

We are pleased to announce that on Tuesday, July 22, 2021, Senate unanimously passed the VOCA Fix to Sustain thelegislative bill with magnifying glass Crime Victims Fund Act of 2021. President Biden signed the bill into law on Thursday, July 24, 2021.

VOCA is the largest source of federal funding for domestic and sexual assault services in the country and is not taxpayer funded. VOCA funds come from federal criminal fines and fees that are deposited in the Crime Victims Fund.

While the VOCA Fix bill will not prevent VOCA funding reductions in the coming years, it is a future fix that redirects funds that would otherwise go directly to the General Treasury into the Crime Victims Fund, which funds VOCA grants. This means that the fund will be sustained at current or increased levels in the future and will ensure stability in Crime Victims Fund after the dip to account for the reduction in the amount of money being deposited in the fund over the past decade. The passage of the VOCA Fix prevents future more drastic cuts to sexual and domestic violence programs around the country.

For more information about VOCA and the VOCA fix, please see information complied by the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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Community Job Postings

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Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center is hiring for an Executive Director!

Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center, located in beautiful Coeur d’Alene, is hiring an Executive Director to lead the organization’s strategic growth and carry out their mission of providing safety, education, and empowerment to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Please visit Safe Passage’s website to view the complete job description. To apply for this position, submit your cover letter and resume to Skye Mercer by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

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Boise State University is hiring a Violence Prevention and Support Coordinator!

The Violence Prevention and Support Coordinator (VPSC) is a key contributor to Boise State University’s efforts in preventing and responding to violence. This individual serves on a coordinated community response team, designs and facilitates interactive educational programs, and provides specialized, brief, no-cost, confidential support. Support services include case management, advocacy, resources and referrals, and reviewing rights and options.

Please visit Boise State’s website for more information.

Training & Events

2021 National Sexual Assault Conference| August 4-6, 2021

ValorUS (formerly CALCASA) is proud to host the 2021 National Sexual Assault Conference (NSAC) as a virtual conference. The National Sexual Assault Conference is a three-day conference providing advanced training opportunities for activists, advocates and other professionals working to prevent sexual violence, provide critical intervention services and support those who have experienced sexual violence. With the issue of sexual assault garnering more attention than ever before in the last 40 years, this conference takes place at a time when it is necessary to highlight the solutions toward ending sexual violence.

This year’s conference theme, “Advancing Equity. Ending Sexual Violence”, will focus on providing cutting-edge information, effective and relevant practices, and content that incorporates culturally appropriate programs and services to underserved communities to change the conditions that promote sexual violence. All workshops and tracks are designed to support our collective movement to end sexual violence. Register here.

Identifying, Investigating, and Prosecuting Domestic Violence Strangulation Cases
August 10,2021| 10:00 am-5:00 pm PT

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe STOP Violence Program presents Casey Gwinn, Gael Strack and Dr. Bill Smock, leading experts in the field of non-fatal strangulation and suffocation assaults in intimate partner violence cases, will collectively share their expertise and cover the following: Findings from a study of 300 misdemeanor strangulation cases, understanding the lethality of strangulation, identifying the signs and symptoms of strangulation cases, advocating for traumatized victims, and many more topics related to non-fatal strangulation.

To register for this training contact Debbie at 208-686-2077 or Bernie at 208-686-0601.

NNEDV’s Domestic Violence Counts Webinar
Wednesday, August 11, 2021| 2:00 pm MT/ 1:00pm PT

In preparation for this year’s count, we will be holding an informational webinar on Wednesday, August 11 at 4:00 PM EDT. Due to changes to this year’s survey and the data collection system, we recommend each program attend or be sure to watch the recording. This year’s packet with the survey questions and much more information will be sent out to all programs before the August 11 webinar.

The webinar will be held via Zoom and include live captioning. In the registration, please let us know if you need additional accommodations. Requests made after July 28 may not be able to be met. Register here.

Advocate Training COVID Series Book Discussion
Wednesday, September 1, 2021| 12:00 pm-1:30 pm MT

The Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence invites you to a collective reading opportunity throughout the summer and continue the Advocate Training series with a book discussion in September. The survey results are in and the book that was chosen for discussion is, What Happened to You by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Look out for weekly emails leading up to the book discussion! Feel free to send your favorite quotes or topics to Kailey!

Email any questions to Kailey at

Restoring Ourselves In-Person Gathering for Domestic Violence Advocates and Executive Directors
September 13-14, 2021

A convening for program advocates to come together in person to explore the lessons, gifts, and grief of this moment and engage in restorative healing practices that they can use for themselves and to create healing spaces for survivors. More info above. Register here.

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MMIW/P- The Next Steps

October 13-14, 2021

Please save this important date on your calendar for an in-person conference.  Professionals from several different organizations and jurisdictions will come together to create a plan addressing the next steps of MMIW/P.  Open to all agencies, advocates, and educators. For more info please email

Idaho Coalition Store Materials

Engaging Voices Website Store*** ALL material orders are currently on hold, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. ***

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 Amy York.

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