Domestic Violence and Physical Disability: Awareness and Advocacy

By: Tegan Stuart, OCADSV Intern (summer 2018)

Social isolation and lack of independence are major risk factors for victims of domestic violence. While persons living with physical disabilities are subject to traditional forms of domestic violence they are also often subject to other forms of abuse such as neglect, withholding of necessities, and elevated physical restrictions due to already restricted movement and actions taken by the individual doing harm. If an individual is reliant on partner care, not only is a power dynamic created, but also a unique set of barriers for help are put into place. In addition to this, many program centers, shelters or legal buildings are physically inaccessible or ban the use of necessary service animals.

Meditation and Breath techniques

By Trisha Elizarde-Miller, OCADSV Executive Administrative Assistant and Yoga Instructor

In times of stress, it is easy to retreat into what we know is comfortable or what is habitual. When we are not stressed and are asked the question, “How do you handle stress?” it is easy to come up with practices that you want to do, but may not have been able to do. So, what can you do to calm down your nervous system? The following tools listed below are suggestions. They may or may not work the first time or they may or may not work for you at all. The beauty of these practices, however, is that they may teach you something about yourself. Always approach exploration with curiosity and without expectation. Always know to press on the brake when you need to! This article is split up into three sections: Meditation & Mindfulness, Asana, and Breath Techniques.

A Popular Education approach to sexual violence prevention

By: Marsela Rojas-Salas, El Programa Hispano Católico - Project UNICA (fmr.)

As an organization, Proyecto UNICA believes that prevention against sexual assault and anti-oppression work should begin at a young age to re-imagine a world without violence. However, often times the voices of youth of color become marginalized and misrepresented in the mainstream anti-violence movement. Proyecto UNICA’s Prevención de Agresión Sexual (PAS) team strongly believes that youth should be the practitioners of their lives with the support of adults as their allies and advocates.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018

The days are growing shorter, the radiant sun giving way to the brisk breezes of fall, and once again Domestic Violence Awareness Month approaches. We are pleased to be partnering with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) to promote the Awareness + Action = Social Change campaign.

Are you planning community awareness events for DVAM? Please submit info about your events for us so we can signal-boost your great work. 

Coalition member programs will receive posters, stickers, and other campaign materials by mail before October (these resources will also be made available on this page shortly) . We will also be releasing weekly mailings throughout the month containing events happening throughout Oregon and additional resources for supporting survivors and educating communities.

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