WARNING: If you think your computer or phone might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call your local hotline, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Services Plan for your safety Legal help
If you need help now
Are you having an emergency? Call your local emergency phone number (911 in most communities).
Do you need a domestic violence service provider or shelter right away?
Domestic violence (DV) is a very common cause of crisis. We know it impacts many of our clients in all our programs. There are services especially for people who are impacted by DV.
Temporary Cash Assistance for DV Survivors
This program provides financial help to families whose safety is at risk due to DV. This includes when domestic violence survivors and their children are fleeing domestic violence, or at risk of returning to abusive situations. The program is run by the Oregon Department of Human Services.
Crime Victims' Compensation Program
This program helps victims of violent crimes with expenses associated with the crime. The program is available to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes. The program is run by the Oregon Department of Justice.
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
Your local domestic violence program can help with safety planning and finding resources in your area. They are experts and know the most about local services.
Find your local program: www.ocadsv.org/find-help
Computers and smartphones can be monitored. It is almost impossible to completely clear all traces of web sites you have visited. If you think your internet or computer might be monitored, please use a safer computer, call your local hotline, or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Learn more: National Domestic Violence Hotline
Protect your identify
Identity theft is common in the United States. Survivors of domestic violence need to take extra precautions to protect themselves from abusers who use identity as a means of power and control.
Learn more: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Protect your address
The Oregon Department of Justice has a free mail forwarding service for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. You can get a substitute mailing address to use instead of your real address.
Learn more: Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)
Stalking is a series of unwanted, obsessive behaviors that make you feel afraid or in danger. Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.
Learn more: Stalking Resource Center
What Do You Need to be Safe?
This brochure gives an overview of services that are available for people in domestic violence situations.
This brochure talks about healthy relationships and signs of unhealthy relationships. It was developed with local domestic violence programs.
Victim Assistance Programs (VAP)
These programs are run by local counties. They make sure victims know their constitutional and statutory rights so they can actively participate in the criminal justice process.
Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE)
VINE can tell you if an offender is in the custody of the Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon Youth Authority or a county jail. It can also give you other important custody and probation information and updates. VINE automatically calls a phone number you provide to let you know when that offender is released or has a change in parole or probation status.
Oregon Legal Aid
Oregon Legal Aid provides resources for legal protection from abuse including domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Learn how to file a restraining order
What is domestic or sexual violence?
Domestic violence is s a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship. It can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse. Even if there is no physical violence, abuse can include threatening, putting someone down, or making them feel afraid. Abuse often gets worse over time.
Learn more about domestic violence at the
OCADSV website or the
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV).
Working to better serve 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.