In 2003, twenty-one year old Angie Leon of Nampa, Idaho was murdered by her estranged husband, Abel Leon, a know criminal alien. Over a five year period, Leon had 59 contacts with law enforcement almost all resulted in arrest. Thirty-five concerned domestic abuse complaints involving Angie, her children or a family member. Angie told the authorities numerous times Leon would kill her.
On the morning of May 19th, Angie’s mom, Sylvia, came to drive Angie to work. A call from a pay phone on caller id indicated to Angie another unwanted visit and confrontation with Abel was imminent. Angie, frantic, tried to force her mother to flee with the children. While Angie’s children and mother watched, Abel dragged Angie back into her apartment at gunpoint. Abel shot her twice in the head and once in the chest at close range. Sylvia called 911 from her car, but the police were too late to prevent the murder of the lovely young mother of three. Angie died from her injuries. Abel was convicted of Angie’s murder and is serving a fixed life sentence.
From this tragedy, Advocates Against Family Violence was born.
Hope’s Door Shelter, located in Caldwell, Idaho, was opened as a sanctuary for victims of domestic violence to seek refuge before more lives might be taken.
Hope’s Door is the only domestic violence specific women’s and children’s shelter in Canyon County. We provide protection not only for victims of Canyon County, but to the entire state of Idaho, and to victims across the country. Hope’s Door Shelter has 28 private bedrooms where women and their children have the security and safety needed to begin moving forward with a violence-free future.
While our emergency shelter is for women and children only, Hope’s Door provides victim services to men as well. Hope’s Door is committed to meeting the needs of ALL victims. We are able to provide male victims with emergency lodging through local hotels. We also have classes available to men. To find out more about how we can support male clients, click here.
While staying at Hope’s Door, survivors are able to take part in many different educational courses that focus on healthy relationships and life skills. Our goal is to empower individuals to set the course for eliminating violence in their lives and throughout our community.