Statement Regarding the Death of Father, Two Young Daughters in Gresham

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
CONTACT: Chris Wilhite, (503) 557-5820, chrisw@cwsor.org

Statement from Clackamas Women’s Services Regarding the Death of Father, Two Young Daughters in Gresham

“First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family and community of the two young girls who lost their lives early this morning in Gresham. This tragic loss of life provide a stark reminder that we have a long way to go to realize an Oregon free of family violence. This tragedy marks the 17th, 18th, and 19th lives lost to domestic violence in the state this year.

“At the very heart of domestic violence is the belief by the abuser that they are entitled to control their victim/partner. Let us also be sure to call murder-suicides what they are: the ultimate act of domestic violence. Using threats of suicide is one of the ways that an abuser inflicts power and control over their family.

“Fortunately, help is available in the Portland Metro Area. In Clackamas County, Clackamas Women’s Services offers comprehensive, responsive solutions for adults and children impacted by domestic and sexual violence. The 24-hour crisis line is 888-654-2288. Call to Safety offers 24-hour phone assistance throughout the metro area in English at 503-235-5333 and El Program Hispano Católico offers the Linéa UNICA, a 24-hour Spanish crisis line at 503-232-4448. A Safe Place Family Justice Center in Clackamas County and The Gateway Center in Portland provide drop-in support Monday-Friday. In Vancouver, YWCA Clark County’s Safe Choice program provides 24-hour assistance at 360-695-0501.”

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