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Press Release: PORTLAND WOMEN’S CRISIS LINE TO HONOR OREGON VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

PORTLAND WOMEN’S CRISIS LINE TO HONOR OREGON VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Community Members Are Asked to Join Virtual Vigil

Portland, OR, October, 14-18, 2013: Each year, Portland Women’s Crisis Line (PWCL) staff members keep track of the domestic violence-related homicides in the state of Oregon. Beginning in 2009 in response to the string of murder-suicides that took the lives of 10 victims that November, PWCL has held annual vigils to remember the names of these victims. What we know is that these alarming trends continue to rise. As such, the Portland Women’s Crisis Line has been prompted to hold a fifth vigil for victims of domestic violence murder. This year, however, the vigil will last a whole week, and mainly exist virtually for wider visibility.

For the week of October 14-18, PWCL will ask community members, sister agencies, supporters, and local policy makers to utilize social media to share and repost the list of names of those who have been murdered since this time last year in a domestic violence situation. The list holds 15 the names of Oregonians we have lost in the past year. PWCL also encourages agencies and individuals statewide to post the list of names in their offices, and light a candle for the victims. Share your images of these personal vigils on social media with the hash tag of #DVAM so that our community as a whole may share this experience, and survivors and those working to end domestic violence can see that they are not alone.

PWCL acknowledges that not all incidents are reported as being cases of domestic violence by law enforcement and/or news media, and as a result, it can be difficult to track these deaths. The agency asks the public to contact them with names they feel should be on the list, if they do not already appear.

Many other events will take place in the Portland metro area to honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as well as to raise funds for DV services. Such events hosted by PWCL include a Trivia Night fundraiser on October 9th at County Cork at 1329 NE Fremont St, and Nosh4NonViolence, a city-wide event where participating restaurants agree to donate a portion of their proceeds from October 24th to fund direct services at PWCL and West Women’s & Children’s Shelter. To find out more about these events, visit PWCL’s online events calendar.
PWCL operates Oregon’s largest crisis line for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and answers approximately 24,000 calls per year. In addition, each year approximately 425 unduplicated survivors receive follow-up advocacy, often referred to as case management, from one of PWCL’s four Direct Service Advocates.

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If you’d like more information about this topic, to request press passes, or to schedule an interview with Rebecca Nickels, please call 503-320-5429 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Press Release: PORTLAND WOMEN’S CRISIS LINE TO HONOR OREGON VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

PORTLAND WOMEN’S CRISIS LINE TO HONOR OREGON VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
For Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Community Members Are Asked to Join Virtual Vigil

Portland, OR, October, 14-18, 2013: Each year, Portland Women’s Crisis Line (PWCL) staff members keep track of the domestic violence-related homicides in the state of Oregon. Beginning in 2009 in response to the string of murder-suicides that took the lives of 10 victims that November, PWCL has held annual vigils to remember the names of these victims. What we know is that these alarming trends continue to rise. As such, the Portland Women’s Crisis Line has been prompted to hold a fifth vigil for victims of domestic violence murder. This year, however, the vigil will last a whole week, and mainly exist virtually for wider visibility.

For the week of October 14-18, PWCL will ask community members, sister agencies, supporters, and local policy makers to utilize social media to share and repost the list of names of those who have been murdered since this time last year in a domestic violence situation. The list holds 15 the names of Oregonians we have lost in the past year. PWCL also encourages agencies and individuals statewide to post the list of names in their offices, and light a candle for the victims. Share your images of these personal vigils on social media with the hash tag of #DVAM so that our community as a whole may share this experience, and survivors and those working to end domestic violence can see that they are not alone.

PWCL acknowledges that not all incidents are reported as being cases of domestic violence by law enforcement and/or news media, and as a result, it can be difficult to track these deaths. The agency asks the public to contact them with names they feel should be on the list, if they do not already appear.

Many other events will take place in the Portland metro area to honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, as well as to raise funds for DV services. Such events hosted by PWCL include a Trivia Night fundraiser on October 9th at County Cork at 1329 NE Fremont St, and Nosh4NonViolence, a city-wide event where participating restaurants agree to donate a portion of their proceeds from October 24th to fund direct services at PWCL and West Women’s & Children’s Shelter. To find out more about these events, visit PWCL’s online events calendar.
PWCL operates Oregon’s largest crisis line for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and answers approximately 24,000 calls per year. In addition, each year approximately 425 unduplicated survivors receive follow-up advocacy, often referred to as case management, from one of PWCL’s four Direct Service Advocates.

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If you’d like more information about this topic, to request press passes, or to schedule an interview with Rebecca Nickels, please call 503-320-5429 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Press Release: PORTLAND WOMEN’S CRISIS LINE TO CELEBRATE 40TH BIRTHDAY

PORTLAND WOMEN’S CRISIS LINE TO CELEBRATE 40TH BIRTHDAY
Annual Fundraiser, Safety In Numbers, Expanded to Include More Community Members

Portland, OR, Friday, April 05, 2013:  It is an exciting time for Portland Women’s Crisis Line. 2013 marks PWCL’s 40th anniversary of providing a haven for survivors of sexual and domestic violence while serving as an integral part of the greater Portland community. In celebration of this important milestone, PWCL is expanding their annual fundraiser, Safety In Numbers. PWCL will host their signature gala and auction in the Melody Ballroom’s Lower Ballroom and then continue the festivities afterwards with a large birthday party upstairs in the Grand Ballroom. The gala will be 6-8pm, and the birthday party from 8-11pm.

Proceeds from the event will fund programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, supporting the 40 year old domestic and sexual violence social service agency. PWCL estimates over 250 supporters will attend the party to benefit one of the oldest domestic and sexual violence agencies in Portland while having a great time.

In light of recent struggles to keep the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) intact and strong, it is clear that the work of advocacy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence is ongoing. “With the fact that one in three women will experience domestic or sexual violence in their lifetime, we are continuously reminded of the importance and relevance of agencies like PWCL that work to make it clear that violence against women is a global issue and not just a ‘women’s issue”, states Rebecca Nickels, PWCL Executive Director. PWCL sees the community as integral to its mission - through outreach and public engagement, to the hundreds of volunteer hours clocked each month.

Tickets for the gala are $100, which includes a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and a VIP pass to the Birthday Bash. A separate ticket is available for the Birthday bash only for $20, to include live music by Meltdown, a photo booth, and a cash bar. Both events are all-ages. 70s-themed costumes are encouraged.

PWCL operates Oregon’s largest crisis line for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and answers approximately 24,000 calls per year. In addition, each year approximately 425 unduplicated survivors receive follow-up advocacy, often referred to as case management, from one of PWCL’s four Direct Service Advocates.

For more information and to buy tickets visit http://www.pwcl.org.

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If you’d like more information about this topic, to request press passes, or to schedule an interview with Rebecca Nickels, please call 503-320-5429 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

SIN2013_pressrelease.pdf

Press Release: PORTLAND WOMEN’S CRISIS LINE TO CELEBRATE 40TH BIRTHDAY

PORTLAND WOMEN’S CRISIS LINE TO CELEBRATE 40TH BIRTHDAY
Annual Fundraiser, Safety In Numbers, Expanded to Include More Community Members

Portland, OR, Friday, April 05, 2013:  It is an exciting time for Portland Women’s Crisis Line. 2013 marks PWCL’s 40th anniversary of providing a haven for survivors of sexual and domestic violence while serving as an integral part of the greater Portland community. In celebration of this important milestone, PWCL is expanding their annual fundraiser, Safety In Numbers. PWCL will host their signature gala and auction in the Melody Ballroom’s Lower Ballroom and then continue the festivities afterwards with a large birthday party upstairs in the Grand Ballroom. The gala will be 6-8pm, and the birthday party from 8-11pm.

Proceeds from the event will fund programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, supporting the 40 year old domestic and sexual violence social service agency. PWCL estimates over 250 supporters will attend the party to benefit one of the oldest domestic and sexual violence agencies in Portland while having a great time.

In light of recent struggles to keep the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) intact and strong, it is clear that the work of advocacy for survivors of domestic and sexual violence is ongoing. “With the fact that one in three women will experience domestic or sexual violence in their lifetime, we are continuously reminded of the importance and relevance of agencies like PWCL that work to make it clear that violence against women is a global issue and not just a ‘women’s issue”, states Rebecca Nickels, PWCL Executive Director. PWCL sees the community as integral to its mission - through outreach and public engagement, to the hundreds of volunteer hours clocked each month.

Tickets for the gala are $100, which includes a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and a VIP pass to the Birthday Bash. A separate ticket is available for the Birthday bash only for $20, to include live music by Meltdown, a photo booth, and a cash bar. Both events are all-ages. 70s-themed costumes are encouraged.

PWCL operates Oregon’s largest crisis line for survivors of domestic and sexual violence and answers approximately 24,000 calls per year. In addition, each year approximately 425 unduplicated survivors receive follow-up advocacy, often referred to as case management, from one of PWCL’s four Direct Service Advocates.

For more information and to buy tickets visit http://www.pwcl.org.

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If you’d like more information about this topic, to request press passes, or to schedule an interview with Rebecca Nickels, please call 503-320-5429 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

SIN2013_pressrelease.pdf