Our Emergency Shelter and 24-Hour Crisis Line
“Finally, after 12 years of torment, someone reached out and not only protected me, but gave me the time and the tools to heal. Prior to this, most people had shunned me into silence when I tried to talk about it. My strength and confidence grew and I realized that it was not my fault. I want to share my story in the hope it will help others.” —Bonnie Tinker House participant
In 1975, Bradley Angle opened the first domestic violence shelter on the West Coast. Today, our shelter and 24-hour crisis line continue to be safe havens for adults and children escaping domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Our programs are built on empowerment and the premise that each survivor is intelligent and capable of making positive decisions and is not responsible for, or the cause of, the abuse she has survived.
Staff provide support to clients as they identify their needs, nurture personal strengths, build a support system and use community resources to overcome the challenges they face in living free of their abuser.
The Bonnie Tinker House
Our emergency shelter, The Bonnie Tinker House, provides safety, shelter, food, clothing, educational support groups, case management, advocacy, access to other community services, a 24-hour crisis line and support for children of shelter residents.
- Our shelter capacity is 23 residents at one time.
- We serve approximately 200 individuals a year; 58 percent are women and 42 percent are children ages birth to 17.
- The average length of stay is four weeks.
Our goal, while they are here, is to help survivors secure safe housing and begin to rebuild their lives in the face of adversity and trauma.
The Need for Safe Housing
The need for domestic violence emergency shelters in the Portland remains high. Nine out of ten survivors who call crisis lines are turned down because of no bed space.
- In Oregon, 48 percent of domestic violence survivors remain in an abusive relationship because they don’t have a safe, affordable place to live.
- Last year, 76 percent of the individuals we served were under a direct death threat from an abuser before coming to our shelter.
- Twenty-six percent of adult shelter residents had visited a hospital emergency room for abuse injuries within the past year.
- Seven percent had spent one or more nights in a hospital for abuse injuries.
- Thirty percent had been temporarily or permanently disabled from injuries due to abuse.
Our shelter is a lifeline for the survivors who come through its doors: 76 percent of the households served last year left for a safe, verifiable housing situation.
If you are a victim of domestic or sexual violence and are in need of emergency services, please call our 24-hour Crisis Line: 503.281-2442.
Jamie called Bradley Angle in March of this year looking for a support group. She had been silently struggling with the shame and fear of living with an abusive partner, someone who in this case was also the father of her two school-aged children.
“I never know what’s going to set him off, or if this is going to be the time that he knocks me out and I never wake up,” she told the advocate... Read More »
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