Are you a victim or survivor of domestic or sexual violence?
Domestic violence includes hurting, threatening or putting someone down or making them afraid. It also includes trying to control them or make them do things. The abuse can get worse over time. Domestic violence can happen between people in a family, intimate partners, or other people who live in the same house. Learn more about domestic violence.
Get help now
- If you are experiencing an emergency, please call your local emergency phone number. In most communities you should dial 911.
- If you are in immediate need of a domestic violence shelter contact the Portland Women's Crisis Line at 1-888-235-5333. This crisis line refers callers to local programs.
- You can also use the on-line Oregon Guide to Domestic Violence Services to locate an organization in your area.
Plan for your safety
- Are you being hurt by someone you love? - DHS 7808 Brochure
A safety plan that was developed in cooperation with local domestic violence programs.
- What do you need to be safe? - DHS 1540 Brochure
A brochure that gives a brief overview of what services are available for people who come to us while in a domestic violence situation.
- Internet safety: Computer use can be monitored and it is impossible to completely clear all traces from your computer of the Web sites you have visited. If you are afraid your internet and/or computer usage might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call your local hotline, and/or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224. Learn more from these organizations:
- Protect your identify: Identity theft is rampant in the United States. Survivors of domestic violence must take extra precautions to protect themselves from abusers who use identity as a means of power and control.
- Get more information from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
- Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) - The Oregon Department of Justice ACP provides a cost free mail forwarding service for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Download a brochure.
- Stalking: Are you being stalked? Stalking is a series of actions that make you feel afraid or in danger. Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.
- Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors: This program provides temporary financial help to support families whose safety is at risk due to domestic violence. Most often this is when the domestic violence survivor and the children are fleeing domestic violence or at risk of returning to an abusive situation.
- Crime Victims Compensation: The Oregon Crime Victim's Compensation Program provides a way to ease the financial losses of the victim and the victim's family as a result of violent crimes.
- Victim Assistance Programs (VAP): County operated CVAPs ensure that victims are aware of their constitutional and statutory rights and are able to actively participate in the criminal justice process. Contact a VAP.
- Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE): VINE will tell you if an offender is in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Youth Authority or a county jail and will give you other important custody and/or probation information. VINE will also let you leave a phone number where you want to be called automatically when that offender is released, transferred, escapes, dies, or has a change in parole or probation status. Learn how to use VINE
- Oregon Legal Aid has resources for legal protection from domestic and sexual abuse and stalking.
- Learn how to file a restraining order