How You Can Help
With the terrible tragedies of domestic violence and murder-suicides that we often see in the news in Oregon, many people want to know what they can do to help. The Oregon Alliance to End Violence Against Women has put together some information on how everyone in the community can make a difference.
What to do if someone you know is experiencing Domestic Violence
- If you believe someone is in immediate danger or there is an emergency: call 911.
- If it is not an immediate threat, you can call the national 24-hour confidential domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE. You can also click here to find a safe and confidential shelter near you: http://www.dhs.state.or.us/abuse/domestic/gethelp.htm
- If someone you know discloses abuse is happening to them: there are three simple and easy things to say that can help: "You deserve to be safe. This is not your fault. There is help available." Refer victims to the national 24-hour confidential domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE, or the DHS Web site.
- Program Support: Visit your local domestic violence crisis program and learn what it is doing right now to end violence in your community. Offer your help. (A list of programs in each county can be found at http://www.dhs.state.or.us/abuse/domestic/gethelp.htm). You can also become involved in the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence: http://www.ocadsv.com/OCADSV_WhatWeDo_AboutUs.asp
Be part of the solution:
- Learn more about domestic violence
- Show your concern about the issues, and try to educate others
- Ask your religious leader to speak out about domestic and sexual violence
- Write to your elected officials (legislators, mayors, police chiefs, district attorneys)
- Expect your doctor to screen for domestic and sexual violence
- Ask your local junior high and high schools what they do about teen dating violence
- Volunteer or join the Board of your local shelter
- Ask your local elementary school what they do about bullying and domestic violence
- Attend local domestic and sexual violence events and fundraisers
- Donate time, goods, services or money to the cause