November 1, 2017

The Story of DVRC

In October 1975 a domestic violence survivor wanted to address the needs of battered women in Washington County so she started the community based social group called “Women Together” which addressed this issue.

In 1977, the group received a grant under the Comprehensive Education and Training Act (CETA), and was able to hire four staff to provide services for domestic violence survivors. They worked out of a tiny office in Hillsboro and adopted the name BEWARE, Battering Ended With Advocacy, Research and Education.

The group promoted advocacy and empowerment as a way to end domestic violence, focusing on creating and providing opportunities in employment and education.

In 1979, BEWARE was offered a donation of a house and received a grant which allowed them to open the County’s first domestic violence shelter. To reflect the new focus and services being offered, in 1980 the organization changed its name to SHELTER/A Resource for Battered Women. In 1982 a 24-hour crisis line was added and their name was changed to SHELTER/Domestic Violence Resource Center. In 1986 with the help of the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services grant a counseling and support group program called The Family Violence Intervention Program was established.

The 1990’s brought an expansion of services and provided a bigger shelter. In October 2000 to honor Monika Voits who had been murdered by her husband in 1999 the shelter was named Monika’s House. The Community Advocacy Restraining Order Program was developed and began operating at the Washington County Courthouse in conjunction with Washington County Center for Victims’ Services

In 2001, the agency underwent its final name change to Domestic Violence Resource Center which encompasses all of the services and programs that the organization now offers.

Note: We are looking for our “founders” and anyone who can provide more detail about our history. If you are or know one of such people, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us at dvrc@dvrc-or.org.

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