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While the impact of domestic violence and sexual assault crosses all social, economic, and racial lines, there are barriers and concerns that are unique to communities of color. Survivors of color often face a lack of culturally appropriate services as well as prevention & supportive resources in diverse languages. Adding to these challenges is a lack of collaboration with the community based social service programs that historically provide services to communities of color. These conditions have led to an often marginalized and underserved population of survivors.
Barriers for survivors of color
Each community of color has challenges and circumstances that are unique to their community. However, there are common factors that account for many of the barriers survivors of color face as they seek help.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault statistics for women of color
Facts and Stats from the National Women of Color Network
These are up-to-date, comprehensive and concise resources that are intended to heighten awareness of unique issues affecting communities of color. Topics include Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, Dating Violence, and Elder Abuse. Please look forward to more topics in the near future, including Economic Justice Facts & Stats, Child Abuse Facts & Stats, and Reproductive Health Facts and Stats.
The City of Portland's Independent Police Review Division (IPR)
The City of Portland's Independent Police Review Division (IPR) is an impartial oversight agency, independent of the Portland Police Bureau, under the authority of the elected City Auditor. IPR and the nine-member Citizen Review Committee (CRC) were created in 2001 to help improve police accountability, promote higher standards of police services, and increase public confidence. One of the primary methods to accomplish its mission is by receiving and investigating citizen complaints of police misconduct.
IPR's powers and duties include:
CRC powers and duties include:
To learn more about IPR and CRC, and / or to file a complaint or commendation regarding the conduct of a Portland Police Officer contact:
The Independent Police Review Division
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 320
Portland OR, 97204-1900
Communities of Color web-links