Domestic Violence

​​​​​​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


​I​f 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?


Services

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 help​

  • 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

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

Internet safety

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 y​​our 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. 

Learn more: Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)

Stalk​ing

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​

Brochures

What Do You Need to be Safe?
This brochure gives an overview of services that are available for people in domestic violence situations.

Healthy Relationships
This brochure talks about healthy relationships and signs of unhealthy relationships. It was developed with local domestic violence programs.


Legal he​​l​​p

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.