Legislative awareness

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.

2015 Legislation

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.

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.

2015 Funding

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.

Housing Resources

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.

Justice Reinvestment

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.

External links

Law & Policy

Oregon Resources

National Resources