Domestic Violence

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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 ODHS services are available to any clients who qualify, we have some services just for those impacted by DV.​

Financial assistance

  • Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors
    This ODHS 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 burden for violent crime victims and their families.​

Safety planning, advocacy, and referrals

  • Co-located advocate program
    Community DV advocates work in many ODHS Child Welfare and Self-Sufficiency Program local offices. Where available, they provide direct onsite safety planning and advocacy. Since they are not state employees, they are exempt from mandatory reporting laws.​
  • DV Point People Program
    Many of our branch offices have regular ODHS employees with particular expertise in DV issues.

​​​​Plan for your safety

  • 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 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?
    This brochure gives a brief overview of what services are available for people in domestic violence situations.
    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 the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
  • 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.
  • 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. Learn more from the Stalking Resource Center.​

Legal he​​l​​p

  • 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 and 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.​

What is ​​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 or the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)​.​

Working to better ser​​ve people 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 ODHS efforts to improve our agency response to domestic violence, see the ODHS efforts to improve agency response page.