Announcing the Enhancing Sexual Assault Services Initiative (E-SASI)

The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV) is pleased to offer a new opportunity, Enhancing Sexual Assault Services Initiative (E-SASI). This 18-month initiative will provide up to six sexual and domestic violence (S/DV) programs across the state an opportunity to receive specialized support in enhancing sexual assault advocacy services. E-SASI will utilize a four-pronged approach focused on building capacity within individual skills, organizational development, anti-oppression work, and trauma-informed practices.

Applications are due Thursday, February 28th, 2019.

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What does leadership mean to you?

By: Renee Kim, MSW, LCSW, OCADSV Equity and Access Coordinator

In the world of domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy, there are plenty of opportunities for leadership and sometimes your job title matches and other times not, what is most important is that you feel valued and respected for the job you currently hold at your agency.  You do not have to have the word director, manager, or supervisor in your job title to be a fabulous leader.  I define leadership by actions matching your words in the work place.  Many of us internalize messages we hear from our families, friends, and community around us to define ourselves and that can be either a positive or negative experience. If you identify yourself from a traditionally marginalized community you have other barriers to equity and access that are seen and unseen. 

Help us improve the online core advocacy training

My name is Hilary Ann Levine and I am an intern with OCADSV through the Master's in Social Work (MSW) program at Portland State University. As a part of my internship, I am collecting feedback on and updating the Coalition's online core advocacy training ( The training was introduced in late 2014, making this the first major update that has been undertaken since its introduction. As the Director of Services at The Harbor in Astoria, I am very familiar with the course and I am excited to be a part of strengthening this tool for all member programs in Oregon.

The original intention of creating the online core advocacy training was to provide programs with a training tool to consistently introduce advocacy training content throughout the state. Our goal is to reach out to member programs for information about how you are using the training, how well the the information presented represents best/promising practices and core values of our profession, and where we can make improvements to better introduce new advocates to our field.  Your involvement in this evaluation and content update process is very important, because the purpose of the online course (and the Coalition) is to support you!

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