Domestic Violence

DHS administers t​he Domestic and Sexual Violence Funds program and makes grants to private non-profit agencies throughout Oregon that provide domestic violence and/or sexual assault services to adult victims and their children. Help is available throughout Oregon through the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence programs. Services include 24-hour crisis lines, 24-hour crisis response, emergency shelter, safety planning, peer support, information and referral and advocacy. See the annual reports.

Revenue sources for the funds come from a surcharge on marriage licenses and domestic partnerships, the Criminal Fine Account (CFA) and the Federal Family Violence Prevention (FVPSA) and Services Act funds from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Grants are made to community-based, non-profit agencies through a collaborative Request for Application process with the Oregon Department of Justice Crime Victims Services Division. See the history of the domestic violence movement.

Contacts - Funding and Technical Assistance

This funding flow chart provides information on the joint funds and links to contacts with the state and federal funders. It also has links to Oregon technical assistance programs: the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV) and the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force (SATF).

Do you have a complaint?​

If you have a complaint about one of the community-based domestic violence and sexual assault programs for which DHS administers grant funds, this form DHS 0159 may help you and will give you instructions on how to file a complaint with the DHS - DVSA Program Coordinator. Another possible resource is the Oregon Mediation Association.

Forms and Instructions

Monthly Statistical Reports and Instructions

Quarterly Financial Reports and Instructions

Annual FVPSA Narrative Report - Due October 31st

Annual Marriage License Tax (MLT) Match Report - Due July 31st

Equity Formula

The Equity Formula guides the Joint Domestic & Sexual Violence Funding Process of the Oregon Department of Justice and the Oregon Department of Human Services. The 2006 Equity Allocation Study recommended that state and fe​deral domestic and sexual violence (DV/SA) funds be combined and distributed in a non-competitive process, based on a formula for distribution by county. The two overarching goals are meaningful access to DV/SA services for survivors and stability for programs.

Co-located DV Advocates at DHS​

​DHS works with local domestic violence and sexual assault service providers to co-locate or out-station advocates in DHS offices. These partnerships are beneficial for our clients experiencing domestic violence because they bring two important resources together to ​better serve the client. View the desk manual, a guide for advocates to navigate DHS and for DHS staff to understand the benefits of co-location.

Confidentiality and Privilege

FVPSA and VAWA funding prohibits programs from sharing any personally identifying information. This includes demographic information, if it would be unique enough to be identifying. The State of Oregon has adopted identical confidentiality language for all recipients of joint funding. See Grant Agreement - Confidentiality

The only time programs are allowed to release any information, including whether or not they are working with someone, is with a voluntary, informed, specific, and time-limited release of information. The other exceptions are if the advocate is a mandatory reporter or if there is a court order. Advocates in Oregon are exempt from mandatory reporting - see ORS 419B.005 (5)(z)(bb)(B). Domestic and sexual violence victims can now hold privileged conversations with advocates working in qualified victim services programs who have completed the specified 40 hours of training. Along with this privilege comes the duty of confidentiality on the part of such advocates.

Documenting Our Work (DOW)

Although the thought of evaluation can be daunting, there are some good reasons why we want to evaluate the job we are doing. The most important, of course, is that we want to understand the impact of what we are doing on people's lives. Evaluation is also important because it provides us with hard evidence to present to funders, encouraging them to continue and increase our funding. The following guide and evaluation forms may help you design an evaluation process for your agency.

See other program tools and information on the DHS DVSA Fund Advisory Committee webpage.