The City of Nampa and Nampa Family Justice Center join communities around the world to promote National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, the Nampa Family Justice Center is hosting its annual one-day conference to bring education and awareness to our community. Professionals and the public are invited to attend this year’s conference, “Domestic Violence, Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Awareness 101,” from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the venue formerly known as the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho, located at 315 Stampede Drive in Nampa. The guest speakers will be experts in their fields, Detective Corporal Angela Weekes (retired) and Taylor Cook, Human Trafficking Project Coordinator, LCSW. Also presenting will be Author Leslie Montgomery who will share her personal story of how domestic violence and child abuse impacted her life and will also share her message of hope.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. One in seven women and one in 25 men have been injured by an intimate partner.
Since 2005, the Nampa Family Justice Center has been serving victims of domestic violence, child abuse and has been serving victims of human trafficking since 2018. Jeannie Strohmeyer, Executive Director of the Nampa Family Justice Center, shared, “Our mission at the Nampa Family Justice Center is to promote safety, self-sufficiency, hope and healing to those affected by abuse. We advocate for survivors who often endure abuse in silence, believing they are alone with no hope. In most of the cases we see, the abuser is an intimate partner. All forms of abuse that will be discussed on October 11 are centered around power and control, where one person uses abusive behavior, threats, and manipulation to gain control over another person. By walking alongside victims and bringing awareness to the abuse happening in our community, we give opportunity for victims to live in freedom, independence and safety that has been taken away and give them hope for their future. It is so important that we shed light on this topic and educate our community to not only recognize domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking, but to do something about it.”
The community is also invited to help promote domestic violence awareness by wearing purple on October 19 for Domestic Violence Awareness Day. The deadline to register for the October 11 conference is October 6 at https://cacidaho.org/.../domestic-violence-101-and.../451864.