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Click a type of advocacy service in the list below to view organizations throughout Oregon offering that service.

Multilingual Staff

Advocates and agency staff able to provide services in multiple languages. NOTE: Agencies are often able to arrange for third-party interpreter services if they are unable to meet a survivor's linguistic needs.

24 Hour Crisis Line

A hotline phone number that is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by a trained advocate who will talk to anyone in a domestic violence, sexual assault and/or stalking situation, offering support and access to resources as needed.

Emergency Shelter

Temporary housing for individuals and families fleeing from an abusive situation. Generally located in a secure, confidential area, emergency shelters provide a safe space that can help facilitate the start of the healing process.

Transitional Housing

Intended as a longer-term solution than emergency shelter, transitional housing provides survivors and their families with free or low-cost housing as an interim measure for survivors between temporary emergency shelter and long-term housing.

Financial Advocacy/Economic Empowerment

Many victims of domestic abuse are forced into financial dependence and even debt by their abuser, as another way for the abuser to exert power, control and entrapment. To help survivors help themselves, financial advocacy and economic empowerment services can include providing survivors with basic money management education, individual development savings accounts (IDAs) and other forms of economic justice.

Legal Advocacy

Legal advocacy services help survivors understand the process of applying for restraining orders, discuss how various legal options might impact a survivor's safety, connecting survivors to support groups and other services, and accompanying survivors to the courthouse in the event their restraining order application is contested. However, legal advocacy does not constitute legal advice!

Legal Services

Consultation, legal advice and/or legal representation in court by a licensed attorney or other legal professional.

Childrens' Program

Any program that addresses the experiences of children and youth exposed to trauma, violence and abuse; often incorporates aspects of peer counseling, case management, play therapy, and a number of other practices.

Support Group

A regularly-scheduled meeting of advocates and survivors convened for the purposes of reducing feelings of isolation among survivors, dealing with the effects of abuse, and facilitating the overall healing process.

Hospital Advocacy

Sexual assault survivors in the state of Oregon have the statutory right to have a personal representative of their choice (must be over 18 years old and NOT have been a witness to the incident) present in the room during any sexual assault exam and forensic evidence collection process. Hospital advocates are usually affiliated with the area's domestic violence advocacy program (not the hospital itself) and are trained to provide emotional support, help with safety planning, and explain the available forensic evidence and/or legal recourse options so that the survivor can make informed choices.

Case Management

Case management refers to multiple meetings between a survivor and advocate over a period of time, intended primarily to help the survivor navigate any post-assault legal, medical or other systems, with the ultimate goal of helping the survivor achieve self-sufficiency.

Counseling/Therapy Services

Structured therapy sessions with a licensed mental health practitioner versed in working compassionately with survivors of abuse.

Outreach/Prevention Program

Educational initiatives, focused either on vulnerable populations or the community at large, intended to raise awareness about the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, with the goal of empowering survivors.

 

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Disclaimers

The Oregon Coalition staff makes every reasonable effort to ensure that the information listed here is as accurate and up-to-date as possible. However, we do not directly oversee or manage the organizations listed here. Thus, any information and services offered are subject to change.

This page is a work in progress and is updated on an ongoing basis. If you find any inaccuracies, omissions, wrong numbers, or have any suggestions to make this a more useful resource to survivors, please contact Jonathan Gates, Social Media & Events Coordinator at (503) 230-1951.


This page was last updated on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 11:36am.
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