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.

Meet the OCADSV Membership: Tides of Change

What is your most memorable story? 

One of the moments that has impacted us the most was sitting in court watching a young woman representing herself in a hearing for the contested Family Abuse Protection Act order. She spoke on her own behalf with confidence and strength. She did not allow the glares and muttered comments of her former partner to bother her, nor did the fact that he had an attorney to assist him.

How do you address organizational barriers? 

We Choose All of Us: Moving from Theory to Practice

As we move closer to the OCADSV annual conference I have had the chance to reflect on the reason the theme “Moving from Theory to Practice” is so important to our community. It is a common saying used heavily in academia, especially in social work circles. For those of you that don’t speak this language, just know that when you answer the hotline, go to court, or sort donations you are practicing the theory that we are a community that needs one another to thrive and be our best.

This begins on the individual level when you first the meet the client, as the client moves through the process, the community resources and support are paramount. Finally, you want to think about where the funds came from in order for you to provide these services.  Sometimes practice means tracking the number of clients you worked with each month.

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