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|Collective action grows from increased awareness; as we continue our path in this new millennium, the Coalition will continue our commitment to keeping women and children safe from violence.|
The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV) promotes equity and social change in order to end violence for all communities. We seek to transform society by engaging diverse voices, supporting the self-determination of survivors and providing leadership for advocacy efforts.
The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is a non-profit, feminist organization that was founded in 1978. The member programs that serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence in communities across the state comprise the core of the Coalition. As an organization, the Coalition's efforts have been directed toward providing technical assistance, training and public education to local crisis centers and communities; engaging in systems advocacy; and supporting multi-disciplinary efforts to develop effective agency protocols. These activities promote the awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence, enhance systemic responses to victims and their families, and support innovative approaches to ending domestic and sexual violence.
The Coalition views a commitment to social change as an absolute necessity to ending violence against women and children. Additionally, this commitment to social change is an important component to ending the related oppression of all people. The Coalition promotes the belief that all women have the inherent right to make their own decisions concerning lifestyles, sexuality, sexual orientation, education, employment, reproductive matters, and spirituality. The Coalition is committed to involving and supporting underserved communities and upholding standards for anti-oppressive practice.