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Systems advocacy is a key strategy for social change. The goal of systems advocacy is to improve systemic responses to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their communities. Through participation in commissions, projects, task forces, committees, and collaborative efforts, the Coalition is able to impact systemic responses to victims and their communities positively. Systems advocacy also offers networking with community partners and agencies, and supports domestic violence and sexual assault services providers across the state.
The following are a few examples of where Coalition staff participate:
The Oregon Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (ODVFRT) is a multi-disciplinary team of statewide experts that reviews select domestic violence fatalities to determine what can be learned to reduce the likelihood of additional fatalities. The mission of ODVFRT is to improve the coordinated statewide response to, and prevention of, domestic violence and domestic violence-related fatalities.
Gender Positive Systems Advocacy Committee (GPSAC) focuses on creating partnerships, building capacity through technical assistance, and providing community education around the issues of transphobia and homophobia in the effort to:
Please take a moment to read the GPSAC Position Paper on Transhealthcare
The Communities of Color Task Force engaged men and boys in the prevention of domestic and sexual violence through a two-day Institute in partnership with A CALL TO MEN, a national violence prevention organization. The Institute helped galvanize a statewide group of men who are now engaging their immediate communities in promoting healthy norms. The Coalition, in partnership with the Leadership Empowerment Action Project (L.E.A.P) and Lewis and Clark College Graduate School of Education and Counseling, continues to support A Call to Men Institute members through education, leadership development and capacity building for ending violence within ALL communities in Oregon.
The Firearms & Domestic Violence Task Force formed to develop and implement consistent statewide protocols for gun surrender in domestic violence and stalking cases.
The Oregon Department of Human Services, Children, Adults and Families (DHS, CAF) administers state and federal funding through the federal Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPSA) program to fund programs that identify, prevent and treat family violence (Oregon Revised Statutes 108.610 through 108.660). The original legislation passed in 1981 allowed funding to make grants or contracts for shelters, safe home networks, and crisis lines and for training and technical assistance. It was formed to improve services and guide discussion around policy and services to domestic violence survivors throughout the state of Oregon.
The Resource Sharing Project (RSP) was created to help state sexual assault coalitions across the country access the resources they need in order to develop and thrive. The project is designed to provide technical assistance, support, and to facilitate peer-driven resources for all statewide sexual assault coalitions. The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault (IowaCASA), assisted by the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) and the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP), leads the RSP.
The Oregon Alliance to End Violence Against Women was founded in 1999 with the primary purpose of promoting legislation in Oregon designed to protect and to empower survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Its secondary purpose is to monitor and to develop public policy that ensures an effective statewide system to address and to respond to violence against women. Membership is open to anyone or to any organization that seeks to advance these goals. The Alliance begins organizing for legislative sessions early in the year prior to the session, holding meetings around the state, soliciting ideas for legislation, establishing priorities, making legislative contacts, and drafting priority bills. During the legislative session, the Alliance provides information throughout the session to people in local communities about the status of bills of interest, and urges members to maintain active contact with their legislators about domestic violence and sexual assault issues in general and about specific bills in particular. Each session, the Alliance holds a very successful "Awareness Day" at the Capitol, in which Alliance members and supporters came from across the state to Salem to speak with their legislators about domestic violence and sexual assault issues in their communities.
State General Funds are administered by the Department of Justice. This Advisory Council is created by statute and reflects a broad and diverse representation of stakeholders that bring expertise in domestic and sexual violence services. The Council advises the State Attorney General and the State Department of Justice on how this fund should be allocated.
The Department of Justice, Crime Victims Assistance Section administers funds to domestic violence and sexual assault programs. The Advisory Board has primary responsibility for funding decisions and issuing the yearly Request for Proposals. The VAWA funds are awarded to local domestic violence and sexual assault programs, courts, law enforcement and prosecution.