Community Advocacy Program


The Domestic Violence Resource Center Community Advocacy Program provides advocacy to survivors of domestic violence residing in Washington County, Oregon. The program provides a wide range of free and confidential services to clients in English, Spanish and Hindi. The Community Advocacy program is comprised of several programs with the same basic function as well as specialized services and skills. While no appointments are necessary, afternoon appointments can be scheduled. To contact advocates by phone please call the Advocacy office at 503-640-5352. The specific programs within Community Advocacy are:

Protective Order Advocacy: Offers assistance with the restraining order process.
DHS Co-Located Advocacy: Co-located advocacy in the DHS office to help guide clients through the process of applying for services with DHS such as the Domestic Violence Grant.
SAWERA: Provides Asian/South Asian culture specific short term case management by offering services in English and some Indian languages like Hindi, Punjabi and Bengali.
LatinX: Offers clients services specific to the LatinX community.
LGBTQ: A self-identified LGBTQ advocate provides services relevant to the LGBTQ community.
East & West County Advocacy: Provides advocacy with cooperation from community partners.

Safety Planning

Creating a safety plan is integral to maintaining a client’s safety and security. A safety plan identifies and addresses someone’s general and specific safety concerns that are unique to their situation. By creating a safety plan clients are able to react quickly to a variety of situations. Some common components to a safety plan are changing locks, obtaining mace or pepper spray, and obtaining a restraining order, creating an overnight bag that can be taken at a moment’s notice, and creating plans to stay with friends or family in cases of emergency. Advocates are available in person and over the phone to assist clients create a safety plan.

Protective Orders and Court Advocacy

Obtaining a protective order can be an important part of creating a safety plan. While advocates are unable to give legal advice, they can answer basic questions regarding the protective order process and offer assistance completing paperwork associated with protective orders including the initial petition, modifications, renewals, and dismissals. Throughout this process advocates are also available to accompany clients to any court appearances associated with the protective order as well as divorce, custody and criminal hearings if advocates are available. To download and print the most current versions of protective orders please visit the Washington County Circuit Court Family Law website. Click here to download a PDF with more information about protective orders from the Victims Rights Law Center. To contact a protective order advocate please send an e-mail to richardt@dvrc-or.org. A few important things to keep in mind regarding court are:

  • Children are not allowed in the courtroom
  • Open toed shoes, shorts and hats are not allowed in the courtroom
  • If you wish to file a petition for a restraining order you must be at our office by 9:30 AM
  • Stalking Orders are done only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. All other orders are done Monday-Friday. The DVRC and the courthouse is closed on all federal holidays

The following videos offer pertinent and helpful information presented by Washington County Domestic Relations Judge Keith Raines: 

DHS Co-Located Advocacy

There are two advocates who split their time among the Tigard, Hillsboro, and Beaverton offices who reach out to survivors who come to DHS for services. While stationed at DHS, these advocates are still DVRC employees and will not share any information with DHS employees without written permission from our client. This is often a great starting point for survivors who aren’t sure where to begin or what their options are. The DHS co-located advocates offer case management to clients and assist with goal setting, safety planning for them and their children, one on one emotional support, advocacy and system navigation within DHS, information on protection orders, court accompaniment, individual support and education regarding dynamics and impact of DV on survivors and their support systems and the effects of DV on their children. We give survivors a concept of empowerment to help them make decisions, recognize choices, strengths and skills they have and their ability to be self-sufficient.  We stand beside survivors and also discuss how abusers are accountable for their actions and the blame is not on the survivors. We consult with CW and SS staff in regards to DV dynamics, batterer behaviors, and how we can best help the survivor and their children be safe and self-sufficient. Co-located advocates can also go on home visits with DHS staff to meet with clients. To contact the Beaverton/Tigard DHS advocate email junec@dvrc-or.org and to contact the Hillsboro/Tigard DHS email desirea@dvrc-or.org.

SAWERA

This program provides culturally specific and sensitive services to South Asian and Asian survivors of domestic violence including: crisis response, safety-planning, and ongoing emotional support; Protective orders, court accompaniments and assistance with public benefits and welfare agencies; connections to counseling and legal resources, Information and Referrals and shelter. SAWERA clients often have difficulty leaving abusive partners due to traditional gender roles and cultural impediments and need support with language barriers, immigration issues, navigating the system and accessing resources. We can meet with clients at public places as we understand that sometimes our clients may have limited mobility. Our program encourages economic and emotional empowerment in our clients so that they can become self - sufficient and live a violence free life. Our services are free, confidential and client participation is completely voluntary. To contact the SAWERA advocate please email geetanjalip@dvrc-or.org.

LATINX

The program provides services to self-identified Latinos and/or Spanish speaking survivors of domestic violence. LatinX advocacy involves having a knowledgeable understanding of the Latinx cultural context by addressing of the experience, reality, and consciousness of people who are LatinX. The LatinX advocate understands that several cultural factors such as, place of birth, age of immigration, education, ability to speak English, traditions, and cultural celebrations play a large role in a person’s ability to leave an abusive relationship and fully understands the importance of both the nuclear and extended family in making decisions about a person’s own relationship. The LatinX program provides case management to survivors which includes, navigating the civil and criminal justice systems, information about their rights and legal options, referrals & resources to other community partners/agencies and safety planning. The LatinX program also does significant community outreach & education to bring awareness to Latinx community about the dynamics of domestic violence and its effects on children by providing domestic-violence-related informational seminars and training. To contact the Latinx advocate please email almar@dvrc-or.org.

LGBTQ

The LGBTQ program provides services specific to people who identify as LGBTQ or any other person who belongs to a marginalized community based on their gender or sexual orientation. An important aspect of this program is an LGBTQ identified advocate providing services. This advocate understands the barriers that exist specifically for this population such as risk of being outed, remaining in contact with abuser because of limited LGBTQ spaces, and complications involving adoption. The LGBTQ advocate has also identified medical and legal resources that are specific to barriers people who are LGBTQ can face, as well as resources to help with basic need fulfillment, such as food and clothing, that are LGBTQ friendly and welcoming. The LGBTQ program also keeps all advocates up to date on issues relevant to the LGBTQ community and understands the intricacies between sex, gender, sexual orientation, and gender expression. The DVRC supports every person’s right to identify as the gender and sexual orientation that they are most comfortable with. To contact the LGBTQ advocate please email Colton at coltonm@dvrc-or.org.

East & West County Advocacy

The DVRC main office is in downtown Hillsboro, but serves all of Washington County. In order to increase clients’ access to DVRC services when they interact with law enforcement and other community partners, East and West County Advocates are placed with agencies such as El Centro Cultural, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and Tigard Police Department. These partnerships will reduce barriers that domestic violence victims face in the criminal and civil justice systems and in the community when they are referred to multiple agencies and speak with many different people about traumatic events. Advocacy services include crisis intervention, case management, information and referral, follow up contact, and serving as a domestic violence resource to law enforcement and community partners. Advocates will maintain client confidentiality while coordinating with other agencies as desired by the client. To contact the west county advocate please email angiej@dvrc-or.org. To contact the east county advocate please email jeannemr@dvrc-or.org.


Location and Contact Information:

 

Location:
180 E. Main St., Suite 201
Hillsboro, OR 97123

Office Hours: 
Monday-Thursday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Closed daily from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

  • Phone:503.640.5352
  • Fax:503.906.1223