PWCL founders at Safety In Numbers 2007
Founded in 1973 by a handful of women concerned about the prevalence of sexual assault in the community, the Portland Women’s Crisis Line (PWCL) was one of the first five sexual violence crisis lines in the United States. Throughout the years we have expanded our programs that now include our 24/7 Crisis Line, Sexual Assault Program, Community Outreach & Education, and Sex Industry Outreach. Over the past 40 years we have become the central hub for resources and information for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
PWCL primarily provides services to a five-county area including Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Clark, and Columbia counties and the toll-free number can be called from anywhere. PWCL is not just a social service agency; it was also founded as a social change organization. We believe that domestic and sexual violence are widespread in our society. Our purpose is to not only empower those who experience violence, but also to end the oppressions and violence which causes them to seek out our services.
**“At PWCL, we define feminism as a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression. ** We are a feminist organization which means we work to interrupt sexism while honoring survivors’ personal experiences and building personal connections with each other.
(** definition by bell hooks)