From Shelter to Support Groups: Options for Domestic Violence Survivors
Emergency Shelter provides up to 10–12 weeks of shelter and support services for nine families. Case management and advocacy providers assist residents in obtaining clothing, furnishings, transportation, employment and/or job training, financial assistance, parenting support and groups, health services, drug, alcohol and mental health services. Services are from a combination of onsite inter-agency collaborations, referrals and information.
24-Hour Crisis Phone Line is staffed by volunteers at the Emergency Shelter, and provides immediate access to safety planning, peer counseling, resource referral, emergency bed availability and domestic violence information. We collaborate with other domestic violence providers in the area to coordinate services and access to shelter openings.
Youth and Family Services support parents in strengthening their relationship with their child(ren), through counseling, advocacy, parenting support, and systems navigation.
Transitions Services provide housing and support for 20 families at a time for up to two years, and is available to survivors who are not in immediate danger and feel stable enough to begin rebuilding their lives. We also provide emotional support, advocacy, long-term housing and strives to create stability in order to build strong, healthy families. This includes access to case management, skill-based educational opportunities, domestic violence and life-skills support groups, parenting support and connections to community resources.
Community Based Services provide a safe, easily accessible community space for survivors to begin or continue their healing through peer support and domestic violence education. In addition to individual advocacy, a variety of support groups are available.
LGBTQ Services provide culturally specific advocacy and support groups to survivors who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Queer.
Economic Empowerment Program uses an economic and financial education curriculum, and builds community partnerships with financial institutions, job training and placement agencies, and other transition housing service providers to implement two 10-week trainings with 12 participants each. The goal of the project is to enhance participants’ financial literacy and economic self-sufficiency.
Healing Roots Program is a drop-in facility located in an area with a high percentage of African American, Native American and immigrant residents. Healing Roots provides culturally specific services for African and African- American women and their children and other cultural groups who are survivors of domestic violence. Participants have access to computers, onsite mental health services, alcohol and addiction support, culturally specific support groups, empowerment through creative art and referrals to housing, case management, health, legal and other services. Through this safe haven in their own community, women heal and empower themselves to become advocates for their families, communities and themselves.
Awareness Raising Bradley Angle makes domestic violence educational presentations throughout the year to churches, community service groups and businesses, and presents testimony to local government funders.
At least I don’t have to check “Divorced”
On a lifetime of official forms
But I remember the wedding ritual,
The party, the thank you notes.
The marriage failed within a year.
At least the cats can’t ask me
Why she doesn’t come home any more
But they follow me with puzzled eyes
And keep waiting by the door.
I can’t seem to provide them a stable home.
At least I have my own career,
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BRADLEY ANGLE•5432 N. Albina Ave.•Portland, OR 97217•503.232.1528