This manual is a publication of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (“OCADSV” or the “Coalition”).  It was created to help meet advocates’ need for a statewide reference and resource to address commonly asked legal questions.  This manual includes questions submitted to the Coalition by advocates and other service providers from across the state.  The information in this manual is not legal advice and should not be applied to specific circumstances.  If you need case-specific legal advice, consult with an attorney.

What if you don’t see your question in this manual? 

Most of the questions submitted to the manual do not appear exactly as they were submitted.  If you submitted a question and don’t see it here, the answer to your question is likely contained within the answer to a similar or related question.  If you have additional questions, we invite you to contact OCADSV.


This manual is not a substitute for legal advice.  It is designed to serve as a general reference guide to Oregon state (and, where relevant, select federal) laws, and to provide information on issues frequently affecting Oregon’s sexual and domestic violence programs and the survivors and participants they serve.

Nothing in this manual should be construed or relied upon as legal advice.  If you, your organization, or a participant in your program need legal advice, please consult an attorney.       

The information provided here is current as of July 2015.  Because laws and regulations are subject to change, you should confirm that the information in the manual is current before you rely on it definitively for any purpose.

The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV) is not liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the use of the material in this manual. 

A Note on Terminology:  In this manual, we use the terms “participant,” “survivor,” and “victim” interchangeably.  We recognize, however, that a program participant might be someone other than a survivor (e.g., a victim’s parent, partner, child, etc.).  Where this distinction is significant, we rely on the terms “victim” and “survivor.”  We also recognize that, while the data tell us that women are the overwhelming majority of victims and most perpetrators are men, victims and perpetrators may be any sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference.