Discussing Domestic Violence
This Friday, the Democratic Club is excited to welcome Patty Wheeler. She is the Program Director of the Safe Passage Violence Prevention Center. Did you know that one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime? In addition, some men also suffer abuse. However, they are usually too ashamed to seek help. That is why Safe Passage offers non-judgmental assistance to anyone in need during a time of crisis. In addition to to this general assistance, the program also provides the resources victims and their children need to rebuild their lives. Patty is looking forward to sharing this work with you. She will be discussing domestic violence and how to address it at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill. Come join the discussion.
Safe Passage helps survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including children. However, they also offer safe shelter, counseling, court advocacy and more. Their services are free and confidential. Those in need of support do not have to leave the abuser or their home to get help. Safe Passage not only helps survivors, they also work toward reducing violence through prevention education. Individual and group programs teach ways to recognize domestic violence and how to safely intervene and help.
About Patty Wheeler
Patty Wheeler has advocated for the prevention of violence against women for over 25 years. First, she served as a counselor and legal advocate. Then, she directed domestic violence programs at the YWCA in Spokane for 13 years. Now, she works with Safe Passage as the program director. As program director Patty works with Washington State Representatives to increase funding and enact laws to protect survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She also interacts with the policy committee for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. This work takes her to both Olympia and Washington DC where she advocates for survivors. She looks forward to continuing this effort with Idaho legislators.