Leaving an abusive relationship can be like fleeing a tornado that suddenly takes away everything in your life or it can be like escaping a slowly rising flood that is eroding your life piece by piece. Either way, trauma and loss is profound. The process of leaving an abusive relationship is often an overwhelming and risky journey and that is why support in finding housing and other services is vital in helping survivors to stabilize their life.
CWS Community Based Program many ways survivors can find assistance in mitigating danger and homelessness. These programs offer on-going support to empower self-sufficiency and stability.
Our Housing program subscribes to the idea that the first and best way to help a survivors get on their feet is to get them into stable housing. To do so CWS case managers support survivors as they find affordable housing, navigate rental agreements, re-locate, and become successful renters. Occasionally a survivor is able to keep her existing home and CWS is able to support that process as well.
The Legal Advocacy program provides assistance with restraining order and other legal processes that survivors experience. Though we do not offer legal advice, advocates offer both emotional and practical support for survivors navigating legal situations.
The Family Violence Advocacy program provides advocacy and support for clients of DHS and/or Community Health who are also survivors of domestic violence. Additionally we provide services specific to young & expecting mothers under 24 years old who are survivors of intimate partner violence.
Our Rural Outreach program brings services to areas that have traditionally, been more isolated. Satellite offices in Molalla, Estacada, Sandy and Canby make it possible for survivors living in rural areas to have access to the same services that are available at the CWS office in Oregon City.