Oregon Department of Justice

Safer Futures

Safer Futures

What is Safer Futures?

Vision

Safety and well-being for all pregnant and newly parenting women in Oregon

Mission

The mission of Safer Futures is to reach pregnant and newly parenting women who are victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) through partnerships with child welfare, public health and local health care systems.

Sustainability

Safer Futures is planning for sustainability by creating projects that are capable of maintaining services through transitions in funding streams (see Safer Futures Sustainability Plan).

The Oregon Department of Justice annually receives $1,000,382 in federal Pregnancy Assistance Funds (PAF) from the Office of Adolescent Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Oregon’s PAF Grant #1SP1AH000019 supports advocacy interventions on-site in Child Welfare offices, Public Health departments and local health care clinics for pregnant and newly parenting women who are victims of IPV. Funding is scheduled for a four year period of August 1, 2013 to July 31, 2017.

Safer Futures (Oregon’s PAF Grant) supports seven projects located across the State of Oregon. Each project implements three main strategies for the work, including 1) intervention, accompaniment, and supportive services provided by an on-site advocate, 2) case consultation, provider training and technical assistance, and 3) capacity building efforts designed to sustain the project beyond the grant funding. Three projects share a focus on serving eligible women within Child Welfare systems (the Child Welfare Cohort) and four projects share a focus on serving eligible women within health care systems (the Health Care Cohort).

High Level Strategies

  • Participant Level - Provide women greater access to advocacy services by locating advocates on site at Child Welfare offices, Public Health departments and local health care clinics.
  • Provider Level - Train Child Welfare staff and health care providers on how to identify, respond and effectively intervene on behalf of women affected by IPV.
  • Program Level - Develop organization capacity and advocate skill in delivering services and for providing training in Child Welfare and health care systems.
  • Policy Level - Change how Child Welfare and health care systems understand and respond to IPV; Develop strategic partnerships to support the vision and work of the project; Establish a diverse and reliable funding base to sustain the project beyond the grant cycle.

Safer Futures Service Area Project Locations

Safer Futures Project Partners

Key Partners

Sustainability Plan

Funding Source

 

Co-Located Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence 

This video explains the role and services of Safer Futures Fund advocates who are co-located at Child Welfare offices.

 

Safer Futures Grant Coordinator

Christine Heyen
Safer Futures Grant Coordinator
Oregon Department of Justice
Crime Victims' Services Division
503-378-5303 (direct line)
503-378-5348 (front desk)
Christine.P.Heyen@doj.state.or.us

Related Information

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The project described is supported by Grant #1 SP1AH000019 from the Office of Adolescent Health. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services or the Office of Adolescent Health.