In our nation, approximately one in four women and nearly one in seven men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime. Domestic violence can be a deadly crime that creates a painful void – a permanent empty place at the table – for families whose loved ones were killed at the hands of abusers. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, about one-third of female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.
Victims of domestic violence have the right to information in the aftermath of a crime. Victim notification services ensure that victims are informed of key events related to their offenders. In Oregon, “Victim Information and Notification Everyday,” or VINE, is a free, confidential public service that is available 24-hours a-day, 365-days-a-year. VINE automatically informs registered victims of an offender’s release from jail or prison.
It is easy to register for VINE to receive information about domestic violence offenders’ status – early, accurate, and often. This vital information can help domestic violence victims make informed decisions, and plan for their safety and that of their loved ones.
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October and throughout the year, let’s remember that victims in Oregon have the right to information and notification. Call VINE at 877-674-8463 to register for notification, or visit the VINE website.