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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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.

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