Advocates Against Family Violence works to eliminate domestic violence in families and homes by empowering individuals to make positive life choices through advocacy, support, education, affordable housing, awareness and community involvement.
As most of this is entirely out of our control, our mission statement is very bold. Through the education and support programs offered to victims, we are changing lives every day. We serve Canyon County and over 500,000 individuals in the surrounding communities. Through restoring Hope, encouraging Healing and helping those we serve discover their true Strength.
I personally became involved with Advocates Against Family Violence after my own realization that I had been victimized. I was raised to be a "good wife" and thought that enduring years of verbal, emotional financial and spiritual abuse was what I was supposed to do.
I had followed very good examples set by my Grandmothers. When my ex-husband was sentenced to prison for white-collar financial crime, I came to realize, after attending a strongly suggested conference on domestic abuse by my mother, my children and I were victims of abuse.
After this realization and seeking personal help, I knew I needed to help others. I was drawn back to Hope's Door from the conference I attended and became a volunteer. That journey has continued and led me to the position of Executive Director.
- Kim Deugan
- Affirms the right of every individual to live a life free of violence.
- Recognizes that violence has sexual, economic, emotional, spiritual and physical effects on family members.
- Recognizes that relationship violence is a widespread and deep-seated societal problem.
- Works toward social change by empowering individuals, providing alternatives to violence and educating the community.
For many victims, the audacity to hope for a new life seems inconceivable. Our goal is to breathe hope into their hearts and healing into their lives. Last year, we provided refuge for over 698 women and children in our shelter last year.
We see so many come that have not only been hurt physically, they have also been ravaged with emotional and psychological pain. Healing is a process and it takes courage. Each day we encourage healing in our clients as they progress on their journey. We challenge them to believe in us and provide them with over 19 programs to guide them through their journey. Last year on average, our clients received over 75 days of support in our programs.
It takes strength to overcome past doubts, questions and pains from a battered past. Our focus is to not only help our clients discover strength, but to strengthen the next generation of children that are also victims of domestic violence.
Protecting our future by empowering you as a voice in the community to collectively prevent domestic violence now!