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24 hour crisis: 208-235-2412

What is Domestic Violence?
What is Sexual Assault or Rape?
What if I was just battered or a victim of sexual assault?
Domestic violence includes various types of abuse that takes place between two or more individuals who have shared an intimate relationship or who are living in the same household.
The types of abuse usually found in domestically violent relationshiups can be: physical, emotional, psychological, sexual and/or economic abuse.
Domestic violence occurs within all races, ages and economic groups.
About 4 million women are victimes of domestic violence each year. The effects of this type of violence is devastating to the family, community and society as a whole. The quality of life in a community is damaged when the health and well-being of its members and families are being destroyed.
Domestic violence is often passed from one generation to another as an acceptable way of life. In about 50% of homes where there is intimate partner violence, the children are also abused. A boy raised in a violent home is more likely to batter his intimate partner in an adult relationship. A girl who witnesses her mother's abuse is more likely to become a victom of abuse as an adult. In either case, children are being taught not to respect women or themselves, to hurt those they are supposed to love and to continue the cycle of violence.
Rape is forced sexual intercourse. Any type of penetration without the consent of that person is considered rape.
If you engage in a sezual act and the person is incapacitated due to a mental health issue of disability, either physical or developmental, it is rape.
If you engage in a sexual act and the person resists but is overcome by force, violence, or coercion, it is rape.
If you engage in a sexual act and if the person is unable to resist because of drugs or alcohol, or if the person is unconscious, it is rape.
Persons under the age of 18, by law, cannot consent to intercourse until they are the age of eighteen, unless married.
After a rape, it is very common for a victim to have nightmares, panic attacks, and/or flashbacks. Depression is a very common after-effect of rape.
More than once a minute, 78 times an hour, 1,871 times a day, someone in America is the victim of a sexual assault. A growing number of these crimes are drug-facilitated and involve teens.
If you find yourself the victim of domestic violence or sexual assault and you need immediate assistance, please call 911.
If you have questions as to whether you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, you can call our office at 208.529.4352 or the 24 hour crisis line at 208.235.2412.
If you wish to report either a crime of domestic violence or sexual assault and it is not an emergency, please contact the local police department or sheriff's office in your community.
Child Advocacy Center
The DVSAV has added and important service: Child Advocacy Center (CAC). In a warm, Child-friendly environment, our CAC provides support to victims of child abuse. We assist affected children and their families, while also providing a facility for a coordinated response by medical, mental-health, law-enforcement, and other professionals.
Our facility’s child-focused setting is comfortable, private, and both physically and psychologically safe for children and their non-offending family members.
Our support to clients and their non-offending family members include:
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Advocacy
  • Education regarding the dynamics of abuse, response, treatment, and access to services
  • Information regarding the rights of crime victims
  • Ongoing support services.