OCADSV Reflections on Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) is a busy time for community-based domestic/sexual violence (DV/SA) organizations/programs. Staff of these organizations work tirelessly to hold events that increase awareness and understanding of the dynamics of domestic violence, advertise and explain their advocacy services, and raise funds to continue to provide services throughout the year. When I worked in a community-based dv/sa program, I remember all of our staff members coming together to pull off multiple events in a short period of time. All hands were on deck to spotlight who we were and who we work with in our community. While this is already a busy time for advocates, it is also the perfect time to reflect on the history of the dv/sa movement.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019

This October, for Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), we are pleased to announce our campaign of Spark Hope Ignite a Movement! 

Historically and currently we are in a time when survivors are breaking their silence, they are breaking their isolation and demanding change. Collectively, we need a clear message about the impact of domestic violence on our communities.  

Meet the Membership: Casa Esperanza

This month we will are featuring Casa Esperanza - NW Family Services! Read more about Casa Esperanza below!

What is your most memorable story serving members of dv/sa? What was memorable about it? Rewarding, challenging, inspiring?
It is a great challenge to help women who suffer domestic violence because there are many barriers that need to be removed. When they leave here and go to an apartment or rent a room it is a great step of independence for them.
 

Caution the use of MeToo at-home kits

Dear community partners and members,

The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV) cautions the use of the at-home rape kits provided by MeToo Kit company. The MeToo Kit company, as mentioned on their website "is founded on the principle that [survivors] should be able to take back control." However, OCADSV believes that the at-home kits have the potential to cause harm to survivors.