Making a Difference For Families in the Northwest
A lot of people ask us the same question: Isn’t domestic violence work depressing?
Our response: Yes, sometimes this work is sad, or scary, or frustrating. But the resiliency and strength of the 550 families we serve each year—that’s inspiration.
Through our 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, adult and youth advocacy programs, our staff and volunteers provide a safe environment to help survivors heal from the negative effects of domestic violence. By providing understanding, support and knowledge, we strive to end the cycle of violence.
“When I feel like I’m beginning to get angry, I can go to my room, in the bathroom or outside. When I want to hit, yell, cuss or hurt others I can rest in my room, relax in my bed or talk to someone. I feel good now!” —9-year-old girl during safety planning at Emergency Shelter
In 2008 – 2009:
97adults and 130 children received 7,193 nights of safety in our Emergency Shelter.
Our crisis line answered 1,944 crisis calls pertaining to domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
We provided 4,744 hours of advocacy and support to shelter adult and youth participants.
The Andrea Lee focused-site housing program, HUD/Horizons scattered-site program and the Youth in Transition program provide longer-term housing options, advocacy and case management. Through a strengths-based program, it is our goal to help survivors incorporate their skills into a plan to reach greater self-sufficiency.
“I just wanted to let everyone know that I think the staff here is so great. You couldn’t ask for better support and understanding. My stay here has been a good learning experience for me and my family.” —Transition Services participant
24 women, 2 men and 55 children received 3060 nights of safety in our Transitional Housing programs.
We provided over 2,948 hours of advocacy and support to Transition Services participants.
90% of participants demonstrated increased self-sufficiency through securing permanent affordable housing.
The Healing Roots Center
The Healing Roots Center is a non-residential drop-in center serving African and African-American domestic violence survivors and their children. The program addresses domestic violence through a culturally specific lens in order to meet the diverse needs of the individuals involved. Through advocacy, support groups, individual therapy and community education, we seek to empower survivors to achieve their self-defined goals
“I want to give thanks to the HRC for giving me the tools to empower myself to break the chains that held me in bondage and to learn that I am somebody. I now know that I have the right to make my own decisions and to live a life free of violence.” —Healing Roots Center Participant
In 2008 – 2009:
87 women and 28 youth enrolled in services at the Healing Roots Center.
We provided 208 hours of support group and 1,982 hours of individual advocacy to survivors and their children.
1,344 individuals received education and information regarding domestic violence through community education presentations provided by HRC staff.
Community-Based Services provides a broad range of community education including direct support and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence. We also offer four general domestic violence support groups and two culturally specific groups for individuals that identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Queer.
“This has been a great year for me. I went from immobilizing fear to a sense of power and strength.” —Community-Based Services participant
76 adult survivors and 7 youth participated in 445 hours domestic violence support groups.
724 hours of face to face advocacy and over 1,000 hours of telephone support was provided.
Staff and volunteers provided more than 157 hours of outreach, education and training to 1,589 adults and 180 youth.
There are some children who can narrate their entire history of domestic violence through their actions.
When 4-year old Isaac came to shelter, his verbal skills were delayed, common for many young children who have witnessed domestic violence. He hit, slapped, spit, and pulled hair of all other female participants- both child and adult- as easily as waving “hi”. Isaac would frequently throw his... Read More »
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BRADLEY ANGLE•5432 N. Albina Ave.•Portland, OR 97217•503.232.1528