When Self-Care becomes Collective Care

By Trisha Elizarde-Miller, OCADSV Executive Administrative Assistant
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When was the last time you took a day off from work to focus on your own healing and restoration? In our movement to end domestic and sexual violence, particularly during a socio-political climate where tensions are constant, often times our response to those tensions is to act. There is a sense where ‘taking a break’ or ‘taking time off’ might feel impossible and that there is so much responsibility that is carried.

There is a principle called ahimsa which is one of the yamas of the eight limbs of yoga. It is a practice of nonviolence toward self and towards others. This yoga teaching emphasizes that in order to prevent and address violence in our world, you must address that within yourself. It is easy to participate in harmful internal dialogue that you have to keep pushing forward in this work even if it is at the expense of your health.

Where to start? Helpful resources focused on enhancing sexual assault services in dual/multi-service organizations

Within the last 15 years, the Resource Sharing Project, the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, sibling coalitions, and others have developed valuable resources for the SA/DV field focused on how we can ensure SA services are internally and externally strong within dual/multi-service organizations. These resources provide guidance on prevention, intervention, and systems change programming specific to SA services.

Within this first piece of the series, the goal is to provide an overview of several strong resources currently available regarding enhancing SA services in dual/multi-service organizations. Whether your program is in its initial phase of developing SA services or if you have been providing strong services for years, this article will provide information that can support your SA work.

The Gift of Peace

Starting on November 23rd, buy paper doves at any Jacksons Food Stores location to support the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence.

Proceeds from the Give the Gift of Peace Campaign benefit our public policy and legislative efforts to increase and improve services for domestic violence survivors. Check out our infographic to learn how your donations are put to good use!

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Announcing El Programa Hispano Católico, the coalition's first Prevention Through Liberation grantee

  Press release

The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority, is pleased to announce that El Programa Hispano Católico – Project UNICA has been selected as the first-ever recipient of Prevention Through Liberation grant funding, effective October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018!

Prevention Through Liberation-funded programs will receive support in developing well-informed theoretical frameworks, implementing promising prevention practices, and adopting robust evaluation methods. These capacity-building activities and resources will support grantees as they continue to grow their prevention efforts into the future. The coalition will make many of these resources available to all coalition member programs, as part of our efforts to increase sexual violence prevention capacity throughout Oregon.

Moving forward from Charlottesville

The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence is deeply saddened by the recent acts of violence perpetrated by white supremacists and their supporters in Charlottesville, Virginia. As an organization dedicated to ending violence and promoting social equity, we mourn the lives lost and injuries sustained while redoubling our efforts to support all survivors of sexual and domestic violence, including those from marginalized communities.

“Ally” is a verb; recognizing and interrupting oppression must be an ongoing process for all of us. We must call racism and bigotry by their names wherever we see them. We must hold accountable those people who are perpetrating these hateful acts of terror and violence. We invite you to lean in with us, especially when it is uncomfortable, as we work to build a more just, inclusive society.

Vanessa Timmons, 2017 recipient of the Diane Reese Excellence in Advocacy in the Movement—D.R.E.A.M.—Award

The coalition board of directors and staff are extremely proud to announce that Vanessa Timmons, our executive director, has received the 2017 Diane Reese Excellence in Advocacy in the Movement—D.R.E.A.M.—Award from the National Network to End Domestic Violence!

This award is named in honor of Diane Reese, who was a founding member of the West VA coalition, an integral champion in the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, a renowned educator, and an ardent national activist with many accomplishments. The DREAM Award honors an individual who incorporates and demonstrates the spirit and promise of true advocacy in all aspects of life—one who emulates Ms. Reese’s commitment to clear and ethical communication, (her) eagerness to collaborate in the spirit of true partnership, and (her) deep respect for the dignity, worth, and humanity in each one of us.

Congratulations, Vanessa!! 

Brenda Tracy: 2017 Visionary Voice Award Recipient

You could feel the jubilation around our office when we first learned that the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) had accepted our nomination of Brenda Tracy for the Visionary Voice Award.

Since coming forward publicly in 2014 as a survivor of a brutal gang-rape, Brenda has been a veritable force of nature. She has traveled to numerous universities across the country, sharing her story and inspiring an entire generation of student-athletes and their coaches to #SetTheExpectation against sexual violence. She has testified in favor of extending the criminal statute of limitations for sexual offenses, advocated for reducing the backlog of sexual assault forensic examination kits, and pushed colleges and universities to hold violent student-athletes accountable

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