THE STORY OF A SAFE PLACE

The vision of A Safe Place is to transform the current system through greater access, coordination and comprehensive care for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Clackamas County. CWS provides community-based services within A Safe Place in collaboration with more than a dozen other agencies.

What is a Family Justice Center?

DSC_0203Victims of domestic violence are often required to travel to multiple locations accessing services scattered throughout their community. They have to tell their story repeatedly: to police officers, diverse social service providers, court officials, medical and mental health providers, and many simply give up before they find the help they desperately need.

A Family Justice Center cultivates a more rational, effective, coordinated and collaborative system to support victims of family violence. The Center provides a safe location where law enforcement officials, legal service providers, victim advocates and community providers can work together, under one roof supporting victims and their needs across a continuum of care. Victims will be able to report a crime, plan for their safety, get counseling, obtain help with a restraining order, and get information on shelter, medical help, and transportation – all in one location.

Evidence from other communities using a similar model indicates A Safe Place Family Justice Center will save lives by reducing homicides. While nearly one third of Oregon homicides in 2010 resulted from domestic violence, fewer than 4% of the victims accessed available domestic violence services that might have prevented their deaths. Studies show access to services leads to a 60-70 percent reduction in overall incidence and severity of re-assault compared to women who did not access support.