Volunteer & Outreach Program Services
Portland Women’s Crisis Line (PWCL) is a volunteer-driven agency that operates with the support of dedicated members and volunteers. Volunteers may choose to provide direct service as advocates in the Advocacy Program supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Volunteers may also help with community outreach, fundraising efforts, the Board of Directors and various projects as needed.
Since our formation in 1973, educational presentations have been a core service of PWCL. By educating the larger community about the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence, as well as the oppressions that make these issues even more complex, we believe we can create a world without violence.
We believe that one of a survivor’s best resources is a community that is willing to support and advocate for a world without domestic and sexual violence. By accessing PWCL’s community education services, you will gain new skills to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence, interrupt violence and sexism when you see it, and deepen your understanding of the root causes of oppression.
We offer a variety of workshops and presentations on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence. If your group or organization is looking for more information about the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence, give us a call and we can work together to meet your request. As well as offering workshops and presentations, we also operate Basic Advocacy Trainings throughout the year to provide our volunteers and staff with the most up-to-date knowledge before they provide direct services to survivors. The Community Outreach and Education Program is also available to table events in the tri-county area.
To view titles, descriptions and fee schedule please see Community Education Flyer.
This workshop focuses on the root causes and conditions that allow for sexual violence to occur. We examine the set of mythology around sexual violence and work to place these attitudes and beliefs back into a historical context. This workshop is discussion-based and highly interactive.
Sexual Assault Advocacy
This workshop focuses on the practical information that advocates will need when working with survivors. We examine the options that survivors have after an assault and the best ways to support them. We spend time understanding the basics in regard to system response as well as trauma and coping. This workshop is designed for domestic and sexual violence agencies but can be easily adapted for numerous audiences.
Domestic Violence 101 and Sexual Assault 101
These introductory trainings provide information on the basic dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Teen Dating Violence Presentations
PWCL is available to do awareness presentations for youth. We are able to do single session 50-minute presentations on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence in the lives of youth. Multiple sessions are also available and we can work with your curriculum needs.
Introduction to the Sex Industry
Using an empowerment model, this interactive training emphasizes how best to serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence who are involved in the sex industry.