The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence is a non-profit, feminist organization that was founded in 1978. The member programs that serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence in communities across the state comprise the core of the Coalition.
As an organization, the Coalition’s efforts have been directed toward providing training and technical assistance to local crisis centers and communities; engaging in systems advocacy; and supporting multi-disciplinary efforts to develop effective agency practices.
These activities promote the awareness of sexual assault and domestic violence, enhance systemic responses to victims and their families, and support innovative approaches to ending domestic and sexual violence.
Restraining order bill passed
Oregon became the first state to enact domestic violence mandatory arrest laws
Oregon defined marital rape a crime
Marriage License Tax was passed by the Oregon Legislature, the result of a grassroots lobbying effort by OCADSV and the Women’s Rights Coalition
Rape victim fund established by state health division
US Surgeon General declared spousal abuse as the leading health hazard to women
President Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) into law
Oregon makes domestic violence assault witnessed by a child a felony
Oregon Domestic & Sexual Violence Services Fund (ODSVS) established
Sexual Assault Victims’ Emergency Medical Response Fund created
Passed HB 2153 Evidence Preservation Bill
Sexual Assault Service Program funding authorized
Passed SB 557 establishing Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) throughout Oregon
Sexual Abuse Protection Orders (SAPOs) made available
Legally privileged communications conferred upon certified Oregon community-based and campus DV/SA advocates
The Coalition celebrates 40 years of supporting survivors and advocates statewide.