BOISE -- Community leaders from across Idaho gathered at the Boise Centre Tuesday to talk about a tough topic: domestic violence.

The day-long conference focused on finding ways to create connections and provide tools for responding to cases of abuse.

Organizers told us about 400 people from across the state attended the Idaho Domestic Violence Prevention Month Convening on Human, Civil, and Equal Rights.

The entire purpose is really to think about as communities what we can do to end violence against women and girls and men and boys, said Idaho Coalition Executive Director Kelly Miller. She helped put together the annual event now in its eighth year.

We understand that it's overwhelming. Already in Idaho this year we've had 15 intimate partner related fatalities in our state, she added.

The latest domestic violence related death happened over the weekend.

Nampa police say 34-year-old Susana Quijano stabbed her boyfriend to death. Officers told us there was a history of domestic violence between the two.

Miller said cases like that are exactly why she is working hard to start a conversation about preventing and reporting abuse.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness month, said Miller.

A number of speakers took the stage Tuesday to talk about abuse and offer tools for counselors, social workers and community members to handle the subject.

Whitney Kimball headed to the Boise Centre to learn ways to talk about domestic violence with the teenagers she mentors at the Boys & Girls Club.

We have some pretty candid conversations which is nice. We've broken down a lot of barriers so they feel pretty comfortable coming to my office and talking to me about anything, said Kimball.

The key is keeping that conversation flowing. Something Kimball said she's learned how to do by attending the Idaho Coalition's events.

Kelly Miller told us that's one of the Idaho Coalition s goals. Board members realize a change in culture won't happen overnight, but they hope cultivating a conversation about domestic violence and its effects will help impact the behavior of future generations.

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