The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence rallies for the interests of survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This work includes participating in the shaping of legislation and public policy. Every legislative session, we organize awareness day events at the Oregon State Capitol, testify at public hearings, and educate stakeholders on the issues surrounding domestic and sexual violence.
Emergency Protection Orders
Provide a mechanism for issuance of a short term, emergency protection order on a 24 hour, 7-day a week basis, to meet the needs of victims whose safety crisis arises after business hours.
Guns and Domestic Violence
Federal law has long prohibited gun possession by domestic violence offenders who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or who are subject to certain restraining orders. Unfortunately, Oregon has no such law. Prohibiting gun possession by domestic violence offenders will facilitate local enforcement of this crime, help reduce lethality, and save lives.
- Oregon Legislative Information System: SB 525
- Statesman Journal Editorial Board (14 April 2015). "Keep domestic abusers away from guns." Editorial. Statesman Journal. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
Stalking Fee Waiver
Waives fees for victims of stalking who are seeking restraining orders in order to leverage federal funds legally and without risk to programs who are currently drawing on VOCA funds.
Privilege & Certification for Advocates
The right to privacy is particularly critical for victims in small communities or on college campuses. A statutory victim-advocate privilege will ensure that victims feel free to access support and advocacy and can attain safety and stability for themselves and their families without fear of disclosure.
- Oregon Legislative Information System: HB 3476
- Read, Richard (14 April 2015). "Oregon House unanimously passes bill to protect confidentiality of sexual-assault survivors." The Oregonian. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
Oregon Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (ODSVS) Fund
Protect and increase this essential source of funding for Oregon's network of non-profit confidential shelter, safety planning, and support services for survivors across the state. Despite recent investments, funding levels are still less than 50% of what is minimally required to ensure adequate access to emergency services in all communities.
Domestic Violence DHS Co-Located Advocates
Increase funding to allow full implementation of this nationally recognized model statewide. More than 1/3 of Oregon's child welfare and self-sufficiency caseloads involve domestic violence. Co-location of victim advocates at DHS offices ensures that victims with children in crisis receive immediate access to domestic violence safety planning and support services. Access to safety supports for parents means less foster care for children, and better results for families.
Expand the Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors Program
The TA-DVS program, established in Oregon in 1996, provides one-time emergency assistance of up to $1200 to survivors of domestic violence seeking safety for themselves and their children. The program can pay for emergency transportation,
motel vouchers, food and clothing for a family who had to leave all behind in order to get safe, security locks, and other safety-related expenses.
Collaborate with the Housing Alliance to increase funding to the Emergency Housing Account, Short-term Rental Assistance Program, and State Homeless Assistance Program so survivors across the state have greater access to the continuum of housing services.
It is imperative that we work to protect the 10% grant allocation to community-based, victim service non-profit organizations. While we lost the battle to have it come directly from the CJC, or state-level, we are in a good position to continue to work with and grow our LPSCC presence within each county-level conversation.
Law & Policy
- Oregon Alliance to End Violence Against Women
- Oregon Law Help
- Northwest Women's Law Center
- Oregon State Bar
- Oregon State Government
- Oregon State Legislature (find Oregon laws here)
- How to find your Legislator
- How An Idea Becomes Law