Are you experiencing domestic violence and looking for help? If you're immediate danger call 9-1-1. You can also call the Portland Women's Crisis Line at 503-235-5333 or visit their website.
Did You Know:
- 25% of homeless women left housing because of domestic violence.
In November 2010, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette held a day-long domestic violence summit to convene leaders from the regional domestic violence system.
The goal of the day was to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and set the stage for better inter-agency collaboration to improve prevention of and response to the growing issues of domestic violence in our community.
In October 2012, a follow-up summit was held, focusing on housing for domestic violence survivors.
Learn about the current project United Way funds around domestic violence and read one of the many success stories from United Way's Beyond Shelter Initiative.
Below you will find some useful materials about domestic violence in the four-county region of Clark, Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties.
United Way 2010 Domestic Violence Regional Report
Working Draft of United Way's Regional Domestic Violence Report
Multnomah County 2011 Domestic Violence Audit
Multnomah County Auditor's Office report on domestic violence, released March, 2011
United Way Domestic Violence Summit 2010 Presentation Slides
To view the slides from keynote speaker Dr. Sujata Warrier, click here.
United Way Domestic Violence Summit 2010 Notes
To view notes from the summit, click here.
United Way Domestic Violence Summit 2010 Agenda
To view the summit agenda, click here.
United Way 2010 County Domestic Violence Inventories:
Clackamas County Domestic Violence Inventory
Clark County Domestic Violence Inventory
Multnomah County Domestic Violence Inventory
Washington County Domestic Violence Inventory
For more information about domestic violence in our area, Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordinator's Office provides the community with a resource for preventing and intervening in domestic violence.
- Portland Women’s Crisis Line: (503) 235-5333
- YWCA Clark County’s Safechoice: (360) 695-0501
- Clackamas Women’s Services: (503) 654-2288
- Domestic Violence Resource Center: (503) 469-8620
- Linéa UNICA (en español): (503) 232-4448
Domestic violence remains one of the greatest risks to life and safety in Oregon. From 2004 through 2008, there were 36 deaths due to domestic violence in Multnomah County. In 2009, there was an unprecedented increase statewide in the number of domestic violence murders. Unfortunately, the pace has not abated.
The solution to ending domestic violence is a community solution. Only if everyone who cares about the lives of women and children steps up and takes action we can hope to stop these tragedies from occurring.
Steps You Can Take Now to Stop Domestic Violence
Make a Difference for the Future
- Let victims know that they deserve to be safe, the abuse is not their fault, and that there is help available. If you notice something seems wrong, ask about it.
- Listen to the victims with empathy and respect. Make sure you only share the information with the victim's permission.
- Call 9-1-1 if you see or hear someone being abused, and be willing to give the police a statement regarding what you saw or heard.
- Give out the phone number of domestic violence advocacy projects. Victims, friends or family members can find out more about safety planning and resources by calling domestic violence resource call centers.
- Speak out in your community about the effects of domestic violence and stalking. Contact a local domestic violence advocacy agency if you would like help in speaking out or to get involved in their public education efforts.
- Interrupt jokes or comments that trivialize domestic violence or that blame the victim.
- Support domestic violence projects with donations of money, food, clothes, household goods or time.
- Learn more about laws that may help keep victims and children safe such as court restraining orders, safety accommodations at the victim's workplace and certain housing protections. One resource is www.oregonlawhelp.org.
- Encourage your employer/manager to develop a policy when responding to domestic violence in the workplace that supports victims, provides safety for co-workers, and conforms to Oregon leave and anti-discrimination laws.
- Invite victim advocacy projects to come to your workplace to train employees on domestic violence in the workplace and to help to develop workplace violence policies. Resources are available here.
- Ask your religious leader(s) to address the issue of domestic violence in that community. Resources are available here.
- Advocate for adequate state and local funding for a range of services to victims, to ensure that help is available to all victims who seek assistance.
- Encourage your local schools to provide domestic violence prevention education and safety response in schools.
- Talk to your children, teens and pre-teens, about their right to be respected and treated well by a partner. Let them know that love shouldn't hurt.
- Encourage the media to cover domestic violence responsibly. The way the media tells a story has an effect on public attitudes towards victims and perpetrators. For instance, some media coverage of domestic violence include statements that blame the victim or suggest that the victim has played a contributing role in causing the violence. Write a letter to the editor to correct this perception.
- Help a child who is living with an abusive parent. Let them know it is not their fault. Help the abused parent develop a plan for their child to be safe if an assault occurs in the child's presence or provide the parent with the phone number of advocates who can help them plan for their child.
- Promote respect and dignity for all people, regardless of their gender, class, race, sexual orientation or physical ability. Make a serious effort to better understand issues of power and control in whatever area they occur. Work against oppression and violence.
- Acknowledge that men have a special role and responsibility to take a stand against domestic violence and to prevent future violence.
Get involved. Take Action. You can make a difference in someone's life.
This article is published with permission from the Multnomah County Family Violence Coordinating Council and can be found in its entirety on their website.