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Battered Persons Advocacy | Everyone Deserves Peace at Home, Douglas County, Oregon

In Douglas County two significant areas of concern stand out: (1) teen pregnancy rates are significantly higher than statewide Oregon rates and (2) founded threat of harm referrals related to IPV are increasing. This project will focus on improving pregnant and parenting women’s safety and well-being by increasing advocacy within healthcare systems through co-located services, provider training, and capacity building. This project will place emphasis on prevention of IPV through the collaborative efforts of Battered Persons’ Advocacy (BPA), Douglas County Public Health Division (DCHD), the Douglas County Coordinated Care Organization Umpqua Health Alliance (UHA), the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians (the Cow Creek Tribe)  and  ADAPT (in-patient treatment services). Under the IPV and Pregnancy Grant the advocate spent a portion of her time providing services at DCHD.  Under the Safer Futures Funding Grant (SFF) the advocate will continue and build upon this relationship. Initially, the advocate will divide her time between DCHD and BPA; over the first months of the project, BPA will thoughtfully expand advocacy services to other healthcare sites. The SFF project will focus on reaching pregnant and parenting women who identify as experiencing Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Learn more

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CWS - Clackamas Women's Services – From Shelter to Support, Clackamas County, Oregon

This project is designed to strengthen the existing partnership between Clackamas Women’s Services (CWS)and the Department of Human Services Child Welfare office by providing an out stationed advocate in these offices to serve the target population of pregnant and parenting teen and women victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). The project is also designed to build upon the first project funded through this collaborative effort with the Oregon Crime Victims Services Division to strengthen the system of safety for survivors and ensure the target population has access to critical support and advocacy services. The project will build a strong collaboration between the three entities that will help improve screening and referral for IPV victims to vital safety and support services and ensure that there are effective linkages between social and health service providers serving this population.  This project will create and enhance the coordinated community response to serve victims of IPV in Clackamas County and work to reduce barriers by creating meaningful access to services. Learn more

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Clatsop County Womens Resource Center, Clatsop County, Oregon

This project will increase client support, advocacy and systems change through conscientious coordination among the Oregon Department of Human Services Child Welfare, Clatsop County Women's Resource Center (Clatsop), the local alternative high school and other community partners. Through this collaboration we will offer wraparound services and build community capacity which will yield increased community investment in the reduction of IPV. Providing client support and advocacy through a dedicated advocate and a specialized teen advocate will enhance the health and safety of women, teens and their children who have been impacted by IPV. The advocates will increase victims’ access to emergency services, provide support in navigating social services, developing self-care strategies and education around IPV dynamics, and open doors to additional services for victims and their children. Additionally, the advocates will focus on longer-term support for clients including home visits, parenting education and securing resources necessary for positive longer-term outcomes. Through education and community outreach activities, we will create a coordinated support network that will sustain IPV Survivors even after Child Welfare is no longer involved. Additionally, a long-needed community assessment will be conducted.  This assessment will help identify new partners, build collaborative relationships and improve understanding of the roles, responsibilities and resources of each agency. This will advance the design of integrated and sustainable service delivery to pregnant and parenting teens and women in our community who are victims of IPV. Learn more

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HAVEN - Help Against Violent Encounters Now, Wasco County, Oregon

Through the Safer Futures Funding (SFF) project, HAVEN from Domestic Violence (HAVEN) will 1) increase the safety and well-being of pregnant and parenting teens and women who are victims of IPV by increasing access to advocacy services in public health and local health care systems in Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam and Wheeler Counties; 2) improve public health and local health care provider identification of and response to pregnant and parenting teens and women who are victims of IPV; 3) build the organization’s capacity and advocate’s competency for providing IPV advocacy services to pregnant and parenting teens and women in public health and local health care systems; and 4) improve other social service providers’ (especially those focusing on services for pregnant and parenting teens and women) identification of and response to pregnant and parenting teens and women who are victims of IPV. These goals will be accomplished through the following activities: 1) Providing advocacy intervention, accompaniment, and support services through an on-site Bilingual Advocate at the North Central Public Health District Family Planning Clinic (NCPHD) and the community and migrant health center, One Community Health; 2) Providing advocacy intervention, accompaniment, and support services , through outreach and coordination with public health nurses conducting home visits and at WIC clinics , to underserved, marginalized, or oppressed communities, including those who live in the frontier tri-county area, Native American women, Spanish-speaking women, and women being released or recently released from prison or detention; 3) Providing training and technical assistance to health care providers in HAVEN’s  four county service area; 4) Providing outreach, information and training to social service providers and other groups in our four county service area; and 5) Engaging in capacity building efforts designed to sustain the project. Learn more

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Tillamook County Women's Resource Center, Tillamook County, Oregon

The Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center (TCWRC) Safer Futures Funding (SFF) Project is designed to build a sustainable, accessible and effective partnership between Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center (TCWRC) and the local Health Care System in order to enhance the safety and well-being of pregnant and parenting teens and mothers who are victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). The Tillamook Safer Futures Project (TSFP) will provide on-site advocacy services at the Tillamook County Health Department (TCHD) and ongoing training for all key partners and other local health care providers in order to build capacity for identifying and responding to IPV. TSFP partners will effectively integrate medically accurate universal screening tools for IPV throughout our local Health Care System and will develop resources, protocols and procedures for assessment and linkage to advocacy services.  The further development of project partnerships will expedite appropriate referrals between victim service and health care providers and ensure meaningful, accessible services for eligible persons within Tillamook County. The Safer Futures Project will be strengthened by the participation of TCWRC management and project staff on the Community Advisory Council (CAC) of Tillamook’s Coordinated Care Organization (CCO).The Safer Futures Project will enhance health care system screening, assessment and referrals for persons who are victims of IPV; improve accessibility and immediacy of confidential client centered, trauma informed services; and build the capacity and expertise of TCWRC and partnering agencies in order to respond to the specific needs of pregnant and parenting women who are victims of intimate partner violence. Services will be confidential, voluntary and designed to empower those served through the offering of options and support; encouraging self determination and supporting the informed decisions made by the people served. Learn more

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Volunteers of America - Oregon, Multnomah County, Oregon

Intimate partner violence (IPV) disrupts and threatens the lives of thousands of women in Oregon every year. Pregnant and parenting teens and women face even greater threat.  The healthcare system represents a pivotal, underutilized gateway that can directly improve the safety and well-being of women. Routine screening for IPV in healthcare settings along with an appropriate, sensitive provider response and immediate access to an on-site advocate could significantly reduce violence and improve the health and quality of life for women in Portland and throughout Oregon. Home Free will  partner with Wallace Medical Concern (a not for profit medical clinic)  and Multnomah County Health Department to make a significant difference in the lives of  pregnant and parenting teens and women through brief or ongoing advocacy services and improve their safety and access to resources. Home Free will also provide trainings to medical professionals to increase their awareness and understanding of the impact of IPV on women's health as well as their comfort in discussing issues related to IPV with their patients. A bilingual Project Advocate and Training and Partnership Development Coordinator will spearhead these efforts, closely supported by a Leadership Team. The Safer Futures Project will leverage Home Free's knowledge from working with survivors for more than 87 years, our creative thinking and ability to innovate services, experience in forming successful partnerships and leading collaborative efforts, expertise in conducting professional trainings, and passion for social change. Learn more

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Women's Crisis Support Team, Josephine County, Oregon

Co-locating an IPV Advocate at the Department of Human Services Child Welfare (DHS-CW) increases the possibility for connection to services for survivors who are not aware of resources, or who have been reluctant to seek out those resources. Women’s Crisis Support Team (WCST) will provide an IPV Advocate in the DHS-CW field office for approximately 30 hours a week.  The advocate will focus their services and support on pregnant and parenting teens and women who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.  This project will build upon WCST’s strong and committed partnerships among the DHS-CW Department.  This project will support systems change by increasing the knowledge and expertise of all partners and enhance the delivery of services and support to pregnant and parenting teens and women. Learn more