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Domestic violence calls to the Women's and Children's Alliance Hotline increased significantly last year

Posted at 4:31 PM, Feb 02, 2021

BOISE, Idaho — The John F. Nagel Foundation granted the Women's and Children's Alliance $55,000 to help support their safe housing for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

This grant will help them provide women and children in need of critical assistance like housing, counseling services, and court advocacy, to name a few. Something they have seen a tremendous increase in the need for since the pandemic started.

Calls to their Hotline just for domestic violence increased 84% in 2020 compared to 2019.

The WCA also provided safe housing for 11,227 women and children through their emergency shelter and transitional housing programs in 2020.

“What the pandemic has done is it has heightened and made more critical and has exacerbated issues that have been in place and have existed, whether or not it is in that particular household, throughout our community for many years,” said Beatrice Black, WCA CEO.

To reach their 24-hour domestic abuse hotline, call 208.343.7025

For more information, visit the WCA website at wcaboise.org.