Call 503-235-5333 or tollfree 1-800-235-5333 24 HOUR RESOURCES AND SUPPORT FOR SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Safety Planning

You have a right to be safe!  No one deserves to be hit or threatened.  If you are being hurt make plans and take precautions to keep yourself and your children safe.  Below are suggestions for your individualized safety plan as well as a detailed check-list. Click “read more” for detailed information on each situation.

Remember, leaving can be the most dangerous time in an abusive relationship, so create a plan to leave safely and call the Crisis Line at 503-235-5333/888-235-5333 to speak with a domestic violence advocate.

Safety Planning

You have a right to be safe!  No one deserves to be hit or threatened.  If you are being hurt make plans and take precautions to keep yourself and your children safe.  Below are suggestions for your individualized safety plan as well as a detailed check-list. Click “read more” for detailed information on each situation.

Remember, leaving can be the most dangerous time in an abusive relationship, so create a plan to leave safely and call the Crisis Line at 503-235-5333/888-235-5333 to speak with a domestic violence advocate.

Sex Worker Outreach Project

PWCL’s Sex Industry Outreach and Advocacy Services

Are you involved in the sex industry?

You can contact the Sex Industry Outreach Advocate, Ellen, by email or phone at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Ellen can offer confidential, non-judgmental support and resources.

Project goals:
1. Provide direct services
    a. support
    b. advocacy
    c. resource referral

2. Provide street outreach to women and men working in the commercial sex industry.

3. Educate the community on the basic human rights and needs of those involved in the licit or illicit sex trade.

4. Support sex workers to be safe and healthy and to increase options available to sex workers thereby making people more informed and able to make personal and professional choices.

5. Conduct outreach in a variety of sex worker venues.

6. Work with community partners through Sex Worker Outreach Coalition (SWOC) to address the needs of sex workers.

7. Ensure that sex workers’ voices are heard.

Agency Philosophy:
PWCL’s approach to Sex Industry Outreach and Advocacy is based on a philosophy of harm reduction. We want to reduce and prevent risks associated with the sex industry while honoring sex workers’ autonomy and dignity. 
We believe it is essential for resources to be available to people involved in the sex industry without having to change or be judged by their choices.
We always advocate a non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who work in the sex trade and the communities in which they live.

Terminology:
We use terms like Sex Trade, Commercial Sex Industry, Prostitution and Survival Sex to mean exchanging sex for need or money. This occurs in many situations, including prostitution, pornography, stripping, escort services, lingerie modeling, massage parlors and any other venue in which sex is exchanged or traded for money or survival needs.

Core Values:
1. We recognize each individual’s experiences in the sex industry are different and that there are a myriad of factors that may lead a person into the sex industry.

2. It is each individual’s right to interpret their own experiences and the goals, aspirations and outcome of their experiences in working with our program.

3. We respect the individual’s choice of how to narrate and describe their experiences, beliefs and politics.

4. We do not attempt to reframe a person’s belief structure, verbiage or political views to meet a social change goal.

5. We believe in each individual’s right to be treated with respect and dignity.

6. We believe that individuals who are involved in the sex industry are the experts and best understand any issues surrounding sex work, the sex industry and their choices in life.

7. We affirm that sex workers themselves are the primary agents of reducing the potential dangers of their trade and seek to empower them to share information and support each other in harm reduction strategies most relevant to their current situations.

The Portland Women’s Crisis Line coordinates the Sex Worker Outreach Coaltion, http://pdxswoc.net/, whose mission is to “promote the basic human rights and personal safety for all individuals working in the sex industry”.

If you would like to help out with the outreach project we are currently in need of the following items:
*unused hygiene items and make-up. Travel/sample size as well as full/family size

*Women’s unused undergarments and socks

*Tri met bus tickets (all zone) packs of 10 at $20.50 a pack

*gas gift cards-increments of $5 or $10 dollars

*purses and backpacks (new or used)

*Fred Meyer gift cards in increments of $5 or $10 dollars

Sex Worker Outreach Project

PWCL’s Sex Industry Outreach and Advocacy Services

Are you involved in the sex industry?

You can contact the Sex Industry Outreach Advocate, Ellen, by email or phone at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Ellen can offer confidential, non-judgmental support and resources.

Project goals:
1. Provide direct services
    a. support
    b. advocacy
    c. resource referral

2. Provide street outreach to women and men working in the commercial sex industry.

3. Educate the community on the basic human rights and needs of those involved in the licit or illicit sex trade.

4. Support sex workers to be safe and healthy and to increase options available to sex workers thereby making people more informed and able to make personal and professional choices.

5. Conduct outreach in a variety of sex worker venues.

6. Work with community partners through Sex Worker Outreach Coalition (SWOC) to address the needs of sex workers.

7. Ensure that sex workers’ voices are heard.

Agency Philosophy:
PWCL’s approach to Sex Industry Outreach and Advocacy is based on a philosophy of harm reduction. We want to reduce and prevent risks associated with the sex industry while honoring sex workers’ autonomy and dignity. 
We believe it is essential for resources to be available to people involved in the sex industry without having to change or be judged by their choices.
We always advocate a non-judgmental, non-coercive provision of services and resources to people who work in the sex trade and the communities in which they live.

Terminology:
We use terms like Sex Trade, Commercial Sex Industry, Prostitution and Survival Sex to mean exchanging sex for need or money. This occurs in many situations, including prostitution, pornography, stripping, escort services, lingerie modeling, massage parlors and any other venue in which sex is exchanged or traded for money or survival needs.

Core Values:
1. We recognize each individual’s experiences in the sex industry are different and that there are a myriad of factors that may lead a person into the sex industry.

2. It is each individual’s right to interpret their own experiences and the goals, aspirations and outcome of their experiences in working with our program.

3. We respect the individual’s choice of how to narrate and describe their experiences, beliefs and politics.

4. We do not attempt to reframe a person’s belief structure, verbiage or political views to meet a social change goal.

5. We believe in each individual’s right to be treated with respect and dignity.

6. We believe that individuals who are involved in the sex industry are the experts and best understand any issues surrounding sex work, the sex industry and their choices in life.

7. We affirm that sex workers themselves are the primary agents of reducing the potential dangers of their trade and seek to empower them to share information and support each other in harm reduction strategies most relevant to their current situations.

The Portland Women’s Crisis Line coordinates the Sex Worker Outreach Coaltion, http://pdxswoc.net/, whose mission is to “promote the basic human rights and personal safety for all individuals working in the sex industry”.

If you would like to help out with the outreach project we are currently in need of the following items:
*unused hygiene items and make-up. Travel/sample size as well as full/family size

*Women’s unused undergarments and socks

*Tri met bus tickets (all zone) packs of 10 at $20.50 a pack

*gas gift cards-increments of $5 or $10 dollars

*purses and backpacks (new or used)

*Fred Meyer gift cards in increments of $5 or $10 dollars

Support Groups

PWCL offers free and confidential support groups throughout the year.  Support groups run for 10 weeks at a time and are usually in the evenings on a weekday.

We continually screen for our support groups. These groups include:
SASSE Support Group (Sexual Assault Survivors Support & Empowerment)
Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma Support Groups (Phase I and Phase II)

PWCL also partners with SAFES, SMYRC and Outside In to provide on-site support groups.

To find out more information about groups or to sign up call the Crisis Line at 503-235-5333

Support Groups

PWCL offers free and confidential support groups throughout the year.  Support groups run for 10 weeks at a time and are usually in the evenings on a weekday.

We continually screen for our support groups. These groups include:
SASSE Support Group (Sexual Assault Survivors Support & Empowerment)
Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma Support Groups (Phase I and Phase II)

PWCL also partners with SAFES, SMYRC and Outside In to provide on-site support groups.

To find out more information about groups or to sign up call the Crisis Line at 503-235-5333

Advocacy Program

At the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, we believe that everyone deserves a life free from domestic and sexual violence. We provide core crisis intervention and support resources to support this belief. Those services include:

24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Crisis Line – providing 24/7 access to highly trained advocates who provide confidential peer support, information, and referrals using a database of hundreds of area domestic and sexual violence community resources and basic needs resources.

In-Person Sexual Assault Response – providing 24/7 confidential and anonymous access to in-person Sexual Assault advocacy, ongoing advocacy, free community support groups throughout the year, and access to client assistance funds.

Specialized Advocacy - providing direct advocacy, outreach and case management to those in special populations including survivors experiencing houselessness, those involved in the sex industry, and survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Outreach and Education – providing three extensive 40-hour volunteer Basic Advocacy Trainings to the community, outreach to area schools, businesses and community centers, and violence prevention education.

Support Groups – PWCL offers free and confidential support groups throughout the year.  Support groups run for 10 weeks at a time and are usually in the evenings on a weekday.

We continually screen for our support groups. These groups include:
SASSE Support Group (Sexual Assault Survivors Support & Empowerment)
Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma Support Groups (Phase I and Phase II)

To find out more information about groups or to sign up call the Crisis Line at 503-235-5333

To get in touch with an advocate, call our 24-hour Crisis Line at 503-235-5333 or visit us at http://www.pwcl.org.

Find Resources in the Portland Metro Area
Check Available Domestic Violence Shelter Space
Safety Planning
Crisis Line Services
Sexual Assault Response
Become a PWCL Volunteer Advocate

 

Advocacy Program

At the Portland Women’s Crisis Line, we believe that everyone deserves a life free from domestic and sexual violence. We provide core crisis intervention and support resources to support this belief. Those services include:

24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Crisis Line – providing 24/7 access to highly trained advocates who provide confidential peer support, information, and referrals using a database of hundreds of area domestic and sexual violence community resources and basic needs resources.

In-Person Sexual Assault Response – providing 24/7 confidential and anonymous access to in-person Sexual Assault advocacy, ongoing advocacy, free community support groups throughout the year, and access to client assistance funds.

Specialized Advocacy - providing direct advocacy, outreach and case management to those in special populations including survivors experiencing houselessness, those involved in the sex industry, and survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Outreach and Education – providing three extensive 40-hour volunteer Basic Advocacy Trainings to the community, outreach to area schools, businesses and community centers, and violence prevention education.

Support Groups – PWCL offers free and confidential support groups throughout the year.  Support groups run for 10 weeks at a time and are usually in the evenings on a weekday.

We continually screen for our support groups. These groups include:
SASSE Support Group (Sexual Assault Survivors Support & Empowerment)
Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma Support Groups (Phase I and Phase II)

To find out more information about groups or to sign up call the Crisis Line at 503-235-5333

To get in touch with an advocate, call our 24-hour Crisis Line at 503-235-5333 or visit us at http://www.pwcl.org.

Find Resources in the Portland Metro Area
Check Available Domestic Violence Shelter Space
Safety Planning
Crisis Line Services
Sexual Assault Response
Become a PWCL Volunteer Advocate

 

Available Domestic Violence Shelter Space

PWCL contacts local domestic violence shelters at 9:00 am to determine shelter availability. Shelter space is subject to change. If space is available, please contact the shelter directly to do a phone screen. This is only a short list of shelters in and around the Portland area. Please call an advocate at 503-235-5333 if you are looking for shelter outside of the counties listed.

At any time if you need to speak with an advocate, please contact PWCL at 503-235-5333.

If you are a shelter and need to update information regarding your shelter, please contact PWCL at 503-235-5333.

  0        
Shelter Phone Number Available Space
Bradley Angle
503-281-2442 x 5
0
Clackamas Women’s Services
1-888-654-2288
0
Casa Hogar
503-933-7840
503-974-9882
0
Monika’s House
DVRC Washington County
503-469-8620
toll-free 1-866-469-8600
0
Raphael House
503-222-6222
 
0
Vancouver Safe Choice
YWCA Clark County
360-695-0501
toll-free 800-695-0167
0
West Women’s Shelter
503-731-3900
0
SAFES of Columbia County
1-866-397-6161
0
Last updated: October 21st 2014, 9:00 am

Available Domestic Violence Shelter Space

PWCL contacts local domestic violence shelters at 9:00 am to determine shelter availability. Shelter space is subject to change. If space is available, please contact the shelter directly to do a phone screen. This is only a short list of shelters in and around the Portland area. Please call an advocate at 503-235-5333 if you are looking for shelter outside of the counties listed.

At any time if you need to speak with an advocate, please contact PWCL at 503-235-5333.

If you are a shelter and need to update information regarding your shelter, please contact PWCL at 503-235-5333.

  0        
Shelter Phone Number Available Space
Bradley Angle
503-281-2442 x 5
0
Clackamas Women’s Services
1-888-654-2288
0
Casa Hogar
503-933-7840
503-974-9882
0
Monika’s House
DVRC Washington County
503-469-8620
toll-free 1-866-469-8600
0
Raphael House
503-222-6222
 
0
Vancouver Safe Choice
YWCA Clark County
360-695-0501
toll-free 800-695-0167
0
West Women’s Shelter
503-731-3900
0
SAFES of Columbia County
1-866-397-6161
0
Last updated: October 21st 2014, 9:00 am

Safety During a Violent Incident

Use these suggestions to safety plan for a violent or explosive incident.

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Safety During a Violent Incident

Use these suggestions to safety plan for a violent or explosive incident.

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Safety When Preparing to Leave

If you are living with an abusive person, you may decide to leave your residence.  Violence often escalates when abusers believe their partner is leaving the relationship, so plan safely and with care.

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Safety When Preparing to Leave

If you are living with an abusive person, you may decide to leave your residence.  Violence often escalates when abusers believe their partner is leaving the relationship, so plan safely and with care.

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Safety with a Protective Order

Use these suggestions for safety after obtaining a protective order for you and your family.

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Safety with a Protective Order

Use these suggestions for safety after obtaining a protective order for you and your family.

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Safety in Your Residence

These suggestions are for safety planning in your home if you have left your abuser or if you do not live with your abuser.

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Safety in Your Residence

These suggestions are for safety planning in your home if you have left your abuser or if you do not live with your abuser.

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Safety on the Job and in Public

Use these suggestions to create a plan for when you are at work and out in public.

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Safety on the Job and in Public

Use these suggestions to create a plan for when you are at work and out in public.

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