Crime survivor advocates in rural Oregon have seen their program budgets slashed while the requests for their services have increased dramatically. They call on the legislature to pass HB 3194 to curb prison growth and reinvest those dollars into local public safety efforts proven to reduce crime.
April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Senator Floyd Prozanski reminds us that more funding is needed for victim service programs and that we can all support healthy teen relationships. (Register Guard)
PSJ's Crime Survivors Program Director Kerry Naughton discusses how important being safe and supported allows people to thrive. Survivors of abuse are not always able to find the support they need because of the under-funding of the Oregon Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Fund.
PSJ Associate Director Shannon Wight examines the recommendations of the Commission on Public Safety and HB 3194 which incorporates them. The Commission's recommendations are consistent with PSJ's long-standing goals and we are very supportive of this bill.
It’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and at a hearing today in Salem, advocates for victims say they’re supporting a shift in Oregon’s priorities for criminal justice. That includes legislation that would allow some sentencing changes.
Critical funding for domestic violence and rape prevention programs was finally passed by Congress. Though funding was reduced by 17 percent, the legislation allows shelters and programs to continue giving life-saving services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. (Washington Post)
Valentine’s Day doesn't mean hearts, flowers and candy when you’re in an abusive relationship.
It's also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and DV shelters and service providers say they can’t focus on prevention for young people when they’re barely able to serve DV victims in crisis. (ONS)
Every day at 9 am, the Portland Women’s Crisis Line website updates the availability at the city’s four emergency shelters. Most mornings, it’s the same answer: no vacancy.
Despite that searing need, Yolanda House, a 10-room shelter run by the YWCA of Greater Portland, will close March 1. (WWeek)