Oregon Legislature increases funding to save lives and families caught in the storm of sexual and physical abuse
Oregon women and children victimized by domestic and sexual violence are expected to receive more and better services to help turn their lives around and bring their perpetrators to justice, thanks to new legislation signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber.
HB 3194 is projected to flatline prison growth over the next five years, saving the State at least $90 million, and $4 million of those savings are being reinvested into proven non-profit, community-based public safety programs, such as those provided by members of Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, of which Newport’s “My Sister’s Place” is a part.
These life saving services includes some tribal programs, and non-profits that serve every county in the state. My Sisters’ Place is the local program serving Lincoln County for over 30 years, by providing emergency shelter and supportive services. These programs offer a significant contribution to public safety by reducing the likelihood of re-assault by nearly 70%, according to a Johns Hopkins University study.
“This means victims are 70% less likely to need costly emergency room services or visits by already strained law enforcement operations, and will help to ensure that children in these families return to school and stay in a home instead of emergency shelters, under bridges or in their cars,” said Vanessa Timmons, Executive Director of OCADSV, “yet our programs are struggling to provide these services for your communities due to an increase need for services and shelter – and decreased capacity to provide them.”
Across the state in 2011-2012 over 37,000 victim requests for emergency shelter could not be met. In part because ODSVS was only funded at about 13% of what was required to meet emergency shelter needs in the 2011-13 biennium according to a study by the State of Oregon.
When additional funding was made possible by the Legislature’s passage of HB 3194, an omnibus public safety reform and reinvestment policy, the Seventy-Seventh Legislature cleared the pathway to make a critical investment in to ODSVS.
For Service in the Lincoln County area please call My Sisters’ Place at 541-994-5959.