Category: Announcements

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas signed a proclamation on October 3rd, 2016 at the City Council meeting, declaring the month of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Executive Director of Advocates Against Family Violence, Kim Deugan, was presented the Proclamation.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation

Whereas, home should be a place of warmth, unconditional love, tranquility, and security and for most of us, home and family can indeed be counted among our greatest blessings. Tragically, for many Americans, their home is tarnished by violence and fear; and

Whereas, family violence is a crime that transcends race, religion, ethnicity and economic stature and one of it’s greatest tragedies is its effect on our young people; and

Whereas, across America, an estimated 4.8 million cases of domestic violence occur each year and at its most tragic level, kills an average of more than three women every day; and

Whereas, each October, the formal recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month allows the community to acknowledge and show their support for the victims of this horrific crime; and

Whereas, a coalition of organizations has emerged to directly confront this crisis and are achieving success. Law enforcement officials, those involved with shelters and hotline services, health care providers, clergy and concerned citizens are helping in the effort to end domestic violence. We must recognize the compassion and dedication of these volunteers and professionals and applaud their efforts and increase public understanding of this important problem.

Now Therefore, I, Garet L. Nancolas, Mayor of the City of Caldwell, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2016 as:

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

And urge all citizens of Caldwell to become a part of the coordinated community response to domestic violence and to send the message that this crime will not be tolerated in our community.

Advocates Against Family Violence would like to thank Mayor Nancolas, the Canyon County Police Departments and the citizens of the City of Caldwell for their continued support. As we spread awareness of domestic violence in our community during the month of October, we recognize that it takes an entire community to stand together and make a difference. Together, we can break the cycle and impact the lives of future generations.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Proclamation

On February 3rd, 2016, City of Caldwell Mayor Garett L. Nancolas proclaimed the month of February Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The press conference was held at the Caldwell City Police Department at 10 am.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Proclamation
Whereas, females between the ages 16-24 are more vulnerable to intimate partner violence, experiencing abuse at a rate almost triple the national average; and
Whereas, one in three adolescent girls in the United States is a victim of physical, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, this far exceeds victimization rates for other types of violence affecting youth; and
Whereas, high school students who experience physical violence in a dating relationship are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, are at a greater risk of suicide and are much more likely to carry patterns of abuse into future relationships; and
Whereas, young people victimized by a dating partner are more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior and unhealthy dieting behaviors, disrupting normal development of self-esteem and body image; and
Whereas, nearly half of teens who experience dating violence report that incidents of abuse took place in a school building or on school grounds; and
Whereas, only 33% of teens who are in an abusive relationship ever tell anyone abuse the abuse and 81% of parents surveyed either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they do not know if it is one; and
Whereas, by providing young people with education on healthy relationships and by changing attitudes that support violence, we recognize that dating violence can be prevented; and
Whereas, it is essential to raise community awareness and provide training for teachers, counselors and school staff so that they may recognize signs of dating violence.
Now, Therefore, I, Garret L. Nancolas, Mayor of the City of Caldwell, Idaho do proclaim February 2016 as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month in the City of Caldwell and urge the community to work toward ending teen dating violence by empowering young people to develop healthier relationships, assisting victims in assessing information and support services needed, instituting effective intervention and prevention in schools and engaging in discussions with family members and peers.

View the news report on the Idaho Press Tribune website

Visit the City of Caldwell’s Website

Office Closed on MLK Day

Office Closed on MLK Day

Honoring the Life, Legacy and Impact

On Monday January 18th, 2016 the Advocates Against Family Violence Office will be closed as we honor and remember the impact that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had on our society and lives over fifty years ago. The legacy of Dr. King inspires us to encourage the expression of self-identity and the development of self-empowerment.

As we celebrate the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America, remember the importance of this day of service. It is a day to come together to serve your neighbors and community.

AAFV has several ways that you can volunteer your time or contribute to our cause. If you live near Boise find out how you can help volunteer with AAFV on our website today or you can easily donate to our programs. We greatly appreciate the support we receive from our community!

Presidents Day Mount Rushmore

Presidents Day – Office Closed

The Advocates Against Family Violence office will be closed as we celebrate Presidents Day on Monday February 15th, 2016. We will reopen at our regular office hours on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. We hope you have a great holiday!

Presidents Day – Did you know?

  • The Bill was passed in 1879 by President Rutherford B. Hayes honoring George Washington’s birthday.
  • Presidents Day never falls on the actual birthday of any American president.
  • George Washington, William Henry Harrison, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan were born in February.

Click here to learn more about the history of Presidents Day.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Proclamation Event

Join us at the Caldwell Police Department on February 3rd, 2016 at 10:00 am as Advocates Against Family Violence holds a press conference and officially kicks off Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

AAFV will be joined by local law enforcement and community leaders as they talk about the impact of Teen Dating Violence on our communities and show support for AAFV in providing advocacy and assistance to victims. “Current statistics show 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic violence at some point in their lives,” stated Kimberly Deugan, Executive Director of Advocates Against Family Violence. “On average 3 women and 1 man are murdered by their domestic partner every day in the United States.

This is a social epidemic. It’s going to take all of society to stand up and accept that this issue exists. We must work strenuously now to change the next generation of children or the cycle will continue with staggering results.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

What: Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month Press Conference

When: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Time: 10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Where: Caldwell Police Department

110 S. 5th Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605

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