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In the list below, click a type of advocacy service to view organizations offering that service throughout the state of Oregon.
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.
Culturally-specific services are created by and for ethnic / cultural communities that have been historically unserved, underserved, or inadequately served, with an emphasis on the voices and experiences of survivors of interpersonal violence (such as sexual violence, domestic violence, stalking, dating violence, etc).
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.
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.
A growing number of domestic violence emergency shelters are welcoming survivors' pets, with some restrictions.
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.
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
In the aftermath of a crime, the Oregon Crime Victim's Compensation Program works to ease the financial burden suffered by victims and their family members.
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!
Consultation, legal advice and/or legal representation in court by a licensed attorney or other legal professional.
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.
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.
When a person who has been sexually assaulted arrives at a hospital, specially-trained hospital advocates are often made available to the survivor. Hospital advocates are usually not medical professionals; their primary duties are to offer emotional support, help with safety planning, and explain the available forensic evidence and legal options so that the survivor can make informed choices.
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.
Structured therapy sessions with a licensed mental health practitioner versed in working compassionately with survivors of abuse.
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.