The Ray Rice domestic violence situation has led to a lot of media attention on the subject of DV. Recent local media pieces shed some light on intimate partner violence. We hope members will take the time to read them and that they lead to further dialog and greater support for survivors.
In a Street Roots article, Jennifer Williamson states, "A system built on an assumption that a one-size-fits-all approach works for everyone has clearly failed, most notably women." Clearly, there are more effective ways to spend our public safety dollars.
"We would recognize that people who are harmed who do not get well are more likely to harm others. So we would invest in the healing of all those harmed –regardless of their race, class, or gender—not just for ethical reasons, but for the public safety."
Nine women in prison at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, along with 20 Portland State University students, recently completed a 10-week class on domestic violence conducted inside the prison. The course focused on causes, frequency, dynamics and consequences of DV.
The number of women in prison increased by 646 percent between 1980 and 2010, rising from 15,118 to 112,797. If we include local jails, more than 205,000 women are now incarcerated. The female prison population is increasing at nearly double the rate for men.
In 2013, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 3194, a package of public safety reforms projected to save $300 million over the next five years. , Oregon’s 36 counties were asked to invest those saved funds in community-based services. Here we spotlight Lane County.
The short 2014 legislative session was a whirlwind of activity! By law the session is only 35 days long every other year. Although short, we had enough time to make some gains and see some harmful ideas fail. The following is a recap of what we accomplished together this session.
This Justice Matters' article contains excerpts from the National Juvenile Justice Network's policy paper: A House Divided No More: Common Cause for Juvenile Justice Advocates, Victim Advocates and Communities.
PSJ's communications and development associate Denise Welch writes about why voting in primary elections, especially this month's primary, is so important. And reminds everyone, Oregonians with conviction histories can vote!