This October, in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness, the Beaverton Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Washington County District Attorney's Office and victim advocates across our community are standing together to break the silence of domestic violence.
Domestic violence affects millions of men and women, of every race, religion, culture, and status. 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 7 men, have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Additionally, intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.
But it doesn't have to continue. You are not alone. If you, or someone you know, are in a domestic violence situation, there are resources available right here in Washington County.
The Family Justice Center in Beaverton is a collaboration of agencies dedicated to providing support and hope to those impacted by family and intimate partner violence through comprehensive and compassionate services. Many agencies, such as the Domestic Violence Resource Center, Oregon Law Center and Department of Human Services, are located within the Family Justice Center. They provide resources for connecting with law enforcement and obtaining restraining orders. They also offer safety planning, counseling, shelter services and more.
In addition, many local law enforcement agencies staff dedicated domestic violence teams and victim advocates. Know that we are here, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to listen and ready to help.
During the month of October, Beaverton, Hillsboro and Washington County will issue proclamations to raise awareness and pledge critical resources to victims and their families. You will also see us displaying purple, the color designated to raise awareness to domestic violence.
We will not stop until there is safety for all victims and a place for survivors to be heard. Working together, we can continue to strengthen our community and make domestic violence a thing of the past.
- Domestic violence impacts everyone.
- On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the U.S.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
- On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
- Intimate partner violence accounts for 15 percent of all violent crime.
- 1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and 90 percent of the children are eyewitnesses to this violence.
- Source: The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Controlling behavior
- Explosive temper
FORMS OF ABUSE
- Emotional/psychological: ignoring, putting down, humiliation, insults, telling, threats, threatens to abuse children and/or get custody.
- Physical: pinching, shoving, pulling, shaking, slapping, choking, hitting, punching, kicking, using objects/weapons.
- Sexual: coercion, not accepting "no", rape, forcing survivor to use (or not letting use) birth control.
- Financial: controlling household income, not letting survivor work, running survivors credit history, stealing survivors bank and/or credit cards.
- Spiritual: forcing survivor to convert to a different religion, using religion to justify abuse, not allowing survivor to practice their own religion.
- Free 24/7 crisis line and Domestic Violence Resource Center: 503-469-8620
- Family Justice Center: 503-430-8300
- National DV Hotline: 800-799-7233
- Sexual Assault Resource Center: 503-640-5311
- Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Hotline (RAINN): 800-656-4673
- Free 24/7 mental health crisis line and Hawthorn Walk-In Center: 503-291-9111
- National Suicide Prevention LifeLine: 800-273-8255
- Oregon Law Center/Legal Aid of Washington County: 503-640-4115