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Why it's so dangerous for domestic abuse survivors during a break-up -- and what you can do

Posted at 6:05 PM, Dec 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 00:37:28-05

TREASURE VALLEY, Idaho — The Treasure Valley community is mourning the deaths of two of its own after what police say are two separate domestic violence-related incidents this week: Boise man charged with first-degree murder, and Meridian man dead in domestic violence incident.

In an effort to learn more about how to prevent this heartbreaking form of violence, 6 On Your Side reporter Madeline White visited Boise's Faces of Hope.

Local prevention experts say domestic violence is all about power and control. That’s why they say it’s more important than ever to make use of -- or recommend use of -- resources like Faces of Hope, especially when a survivor is trying to break away from an abusive relationship.

"That time that they leave is actually the most volatile time ever. It is the one period of time when a defendant or offender knows that he's lost control of what has happened and will try to do anything in order to get back that control," said Jean Fisher, Special Crimes Chief Deputy and COO at Faces of Hope.

"If you need emergency housing, we will put you up in emergency housing immediately. If you need a phone, we will get you a new phone. We will get you your clothing, your food, your gas... we will take care of your immediate needs," added Fisher.

Ada County:
To learn more about what kind of free help you or a loved one can receive at Faces of Hope, visit facesofhopevictimcenter.org.
To learn more about the free domestic violence services at Women's and Children's Alliance, visit wcaboise.org.

Canyon County:
To learn more about free domestic violence services in Nampa, visit Nampa Family Justice Center.
To learn more about free domestic violence services in Caldwell, visit Hopes Door.

Elmore County:
To learn more about free domestic violence services in Mountain Home, visit Elmore County Domestic Violence Council.