Information and Services for Victims and Survivors of Domestic Violence
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Experiencing an emergency? Call your local emergency phone number (911 in most communities).
Need a domestic violence service provider or shelter immediately?
Are you a victim or survivor of domestic or sexual violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior in which one person in a relationship attempts to exert control over another. It can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse. Abuse can include threatening, putting someone down, or making them afraid, even if there is no physical violence. Abuse often worsens over time. Learn more about domestic violence at the OCADSV website
Services for DV-impacted DHS clients
Our agency mission is to help Oregonians be safe, healthy and independent, and we often serve people in crisis. Domestic Violence (DV) is a very common cause of crisis. We know it impacts many of our clients in all our programs, even if they came to us for other reasons. While most DHS services are available to any clients who qualify, we have some services just for those impacted by DV:
Financial Assistance programs
- Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors: This DHS program provides temporary financial help to support families whose safety is at risk due to domestic violence, for example when domestic violence survivors and their children are fleeing domestic violence, or at risk of returning to abusive situations.
- Crime Victims Compensation: This program is run by the Oregon Department of Justice. It provides a way to ease the financial losses of the victim and the victim's family as a result of violent crimes.
Safety Planning, advocacy, and referrals
- Co-located advocate program: Community DV advocates who work in many DHS Child Welfare and Self Sufficiency branch offices. Where available, they provide direct onsite safety planning and advocacy. And since they are not state employees, they are exempt from mandatory reporting laws.
- DV Point People Program: Many of our branch offices have regular DHS employees with particular expertise in DV issues.
Other DHS efforts to better serve those impacted by DV: We have developed staff training, service standards and practices for our staff that take DV into account. We work closely with community partners that provide direct services for DV victims and survivors, administer grant programs for community providers, and provide resources for partners and providers on our Resources for DV service providers and community partners page.
Our goal is to make sure our agency policies and practices are helpful and not hurtful for those impacted by DV. For more information about DHS efforts to improve our agency response to domestic violence, see the DHS efforts to improve agency response page.
Safety information and planning
- If you are being hurt or are in danger: If you need help with safety planning, we advise you contact your local domestic violence program. You can find them at https://www.ocadsv.org/find-help. They are the nearest and most knowledgeable experts on safety planning, resources and strategies that can help in your area.
- 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. (Versions in English - Spanish - Russian - Vietnamese)
- Internet safety: Computer and smartphone use can be monitored, and it is virtually 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). Learn more from these organizations:
- Protect y our 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.
- Stalking: Are you being stalked? Stalking is a series of unwanted, obsessive behavior that make you feel afraid or in danger. Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time. (Check stalking resource center for better definition.)
Legal help referrals:
- Victim Assistance Programs (VAP): County operated VAPs ensure that victims are aware of their constitutional and statutory rights and are able to actively participate in the criminal justice process.
- Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE): VINE can provide information about whether an offender is in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Youth Authority or a county jail, and other important custody and/or probation information and updates. VINE can also call a phone number automatically to notify when that offender is released or has a change in parole or probation status. Learn how to use VINE
- Oregon Legal Aid: Provides resources for legal protection from domestic and sexual abuse and stalking.
- Learn how to file a restraining order