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Aleshea Boals

Aleshea L. Boals is a Victim Witness Coordinator with the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office. She has worked with crime victims for the last 19 years in Utah and Idaho. Aleshea has worked in both prosecutor and law enforcement offices. Aleshea began her career at the Utah County Children’s Justice Center as a Victim Witness Coordinator supporting child sexual abuse victims. She moved back to Idaho and worked at the Canyon County Prosecutors’ Office as a Victim Witness Coordinator working violent crimes. Aleshea was one of the founding Board Members for Advocates Against Family Violence.

Aleshea Boals

After having twins, Aleshea worked part time for MADD Idaho. While at MADD, she co-created NetVMS, an online victim management software. This program is used by many victim service providers throughout Idaho. In 2006, the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office asked Aleshea to create the Canyon County Victim Witness Unit. Aleshea works to provide excellent victim services to current victims of crime as well as to victims of crime whose cases have yet to be resolved. Her work includes a Cold Case Warrants Taskforce, which serves victims of crime who have unsolved cases. She also co-created the DVD “Like Father Like Son- A Tribute to Canyon County Victims of Domestic Violence.” Aleshea spearheads the annual “Riverbilly: Dancing in the Dirt” at the Snake River Stampede Rodeo. This event celebrates bravery of domestic violence survivors and law enforcement.

Aleshea Boals - Received the Soroptimist Ruby Award

Aleshea received the Soroptimist Ruby Award for Outstanding Work to Improve the Lives of Women and the Award of Excellence for Outstanding Victims Services from the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College and an Associate’s Degree in Political Science from BYU Idaho. Aleshea is married to Ken Boals and they have four children and reside in Meridian, Idaho.

Aleshea Boals - Domestic Abuse Survivor

What is your passion for Advocates Against Family Violence?

When I began working as a Canyon County Victim Witness Coordinator in 1999, I worked my first domestic violence case. I kept thinking “if it’s so bad, why doesn’t SHE leave?” Obviously, I needed training!

I went to my first training and began to understand the cycle of violence. After a few years of working with domestic violence victims and understanding the obstacles that each of one of them faced, I felt an overwhelming desire to do something that could help.

One particular victim made an impression on me. She would not leave her spouse because she had a 13 year male old child and could not move into the shelter with a 13 year old boy. I felt outraged. Why would a victim need to choose between her own safety and being with her child?

It was after a few cases like these that I, along with many passionate people, began to see a need for a shelter in Caldwell. I was privileged to be part of that initial board that dreamed of having a place for victims that would take them with all their issues and help them become survivors. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if it really would be a great dream or if it could become a reality. I’m happy to know that many amazing employees and volunteers over the years have kept the dream alive and Advocates Against Family Violence is thriving as a result of that work.

What inspired you to volunteer your time to Advocates Against Family Violence?

Over the years, I have seen AAFV grow. Through the good and the bad, AAFV’s passion has been the same – to be a part of a victim’s solution. I wanted to volunteer my time again because I have could see the dedication of the employees and the survivors. I wanted to be a part of the good work that is happening at AAFV. I understand what victims need and I know that AAFV will be there to provide compassion, education and a warm bed when a victim needs it.

What is your personal vision for Advocates Against Family Violence?

I hope to continue the good work that AAFV has been known for and also help guide the organization’s stability for the future. I hope that long after we are all gone, AAFV will continue to be a beacon of hope for victims in need.

– Aleshea Boals

Success Story

Belia Paz

Belia Paz

Belia Paz’s passion for life is unmatched! As a radio host for La GranD, she is the voice for victims providing resources and encouragement! AAFV is honored to have her on our Board of Directors, leading and directing the Organization.

What is your passion for Advocates Against Family Violence?

The passion for me is being part of the end of shame, violence and abuse altogether. I’m grateful to be working towards this day with AAFV. I am constantly inspired by all the members & staff of AAFV who turn towards these issues with such passion, creativity, positivity and determination. It is a privilege to be part of an Organization that is a voice for those who have remained silent for so long. I believe AAFV is moving closer to the day when sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse are no more. AAFV has a great team to help lead this social transformation.

What inspired you to volunteer your time to Advocates Against Family Violence?

I am survivor, friend & family of survivors and current victims of domestic violence. I wanted to be part of an organization that builds a community which helps survivors heal and victims survive. The way I can personally do that is being part of the change and helping others get the resources that they need to get them out of a bad situation, I believe we all have a responsibility to build a community that helps survivors to heal and victims survive, I will be part of that responsibility.

I personally was a survivor of domestic violence, I had no help back then. I didn’t know where to go or who to talk to as I was very well known in the community. I was scared, ashamed and embarrassed to come out and tell my story to anyone. There were so many times that I would lie to protect him that it became a regular habit. I told lies that I fell and hit my head on the pavement, lies that I burned my hand making tortillas, lies that I can’t work because I was so sick, when in reality I had black eyes and bruises on my face.

It finally came to a stop, I became strong on my own. Many cannot do that on their own and need help and I want to help others avoid going through what I did. After 10 years, I moved to Boise and started fresh with my kids. I became a radio host on a Spanish radio station, I knew there was a purpose of being on air, I felt and knew that I had the responsibility to try and help others. God had led me here for a reason, after so many times close to death. For 10 years I had been a radio voice for the Hispanic women & Hispanic community. I have shared my personal stories of domestic violence, which led to other women speaking up and getting out of their situation. Many of the women who call me are still victims needing to talk to someone, needing words of encouragement to leave the situation. They call me on my phone anonymously to talk, still scared not knowing what to do. I am a true supporter for victims and survivors, I will do what seems impossible to help.

What is your personal vision for Advocates Against Family Violence?

My personal vision is to assist in the success of AAFV helping families get the healing, education and empowerment to have a better future. I am very proud to be part of an Organization that actively attempts to take steps to end violence as a community and Im especially proud to serve on the board.. THANK YOU AAFV FOR HAVING ME BE A PART OF YOUR TEAM!

– Belia Paz

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

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