WASHINGTON (KTVZ) – Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., announced on Monday a total of more than $3.28 million in federal grants to help protect Oregonians from domestic violence and harassment and to support survivors.
“We all want to feel safe in our homes and in our lives, and these grants will help protect more Oregonians from domestic violence,” Merkley said. “I will continue to work to secure the resources that keep people safe, supported and protected in these situations.”
“The terrible threat of domestic violence compromises the safety of far too many households and communities in Oregon and across the country,” Wyden said. “I am pleased that Grant and Clatsop counties and the state won these federal funds to reduce the risk of these crimes, and I will continue to fight for similar resources throughout Oregon.”
1. $1,949,897 to the Oregon Department of Justice – STOP Formula Grant Program
The STOP Formula grant program encourages partnerships between law enforcement, prosecution, courts and victim service organizations to improve victim safety and hold offenders accountable in cases of violence domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and harassment. The goal of the grant program is to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution and court strategies to address violent crimes against women and to develop and strengthen services for victims, including community and culturally specific services, in cases of domestic violence, dating violence. , sexual assault and harassment.
1. $636,815 to Grant County – Rural Program
2. $695,519 to Clatsop County — Rural Program
Funds from the Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program are used to support programs that: a) identify, assess, and respond appropriately to child, youth, and adult victims of domestic violence, abuse dating, sexual assault and harassment in rural communities; (b) establish and expand victim services in rural communities for child, youth and adult victims; and/or c) increase the safety and well-being of women and children in rural communities by directly and immediately addressing domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and harassment, and by creating and implementing implement strategies to raise awareness and prevent these crimes.
Recipients must use at least one of the following strategies in the implementation of their projects: a) implement, expand and establish cooperative efforts and projects among law enforcement officials, prosecutors, victim service providers and other related parties to investigate and prosecute incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and harassment; b) provide treatment, counselling, advocacy, legal assistance and other forms of long-term and short-term assistance to adults and minors who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and harassment in rural communities; (c) work collaboratively with the community to develop education and prevention strategies focused on these issues; (d) develop, expand or strengthen programs dealing with sexual assault; and (e) develop programs and strategies geared to the specific needs of victims residing in remote and geographically isolated rural areas.
“Heart of Grant County is grateful for this funding as it will expand our ability to provide much-needed support to survivors of domestic and personal trauma, especially those who have been sexually assaulted,” said Beth Simonsen, executive director, Heart of Grant County.
“It is an honor to receive this funding from the Office for Violence Against Women, and The Harbor is thrilled to partner with the Astoria Birth Center to increase programs, services, and access to culturally appropriate care. for Clatsop County Sexual Assault Survivors. Survivors are often told they will have to travel to Portland – over 2 hours one way – to receive care because there is no professional qualified healthcare available at both hospitals in Clatsop County This funding and partnership will help ensure that survivors of sexual assault have 24/7 access to confidential and informed forensic and medical examinations on trauma, including access to Spanish-speaking medical providers and LGBTQIA+ affirming care,” said Terri Steenbergen, executive director of The Harbour.
“With immense gratitude, through this grant, Astoria Birth Center & Family Medicine will be able to offer an unprecedented level of support to this community. For the first time, victims of sexual assault in this region will have the opportunity to receive 24/7 access to SANE exams and support in English or Spanish in a quiet, peaceful and out of the hospital. This grant advances the important work being done by certified nurse midwives, survivors and advocates at The Harbor who work together to break cycles of abuse and create healthy families,” said Rebeckah Orton, Founder/Owner, Astoria Birth Center & Family Medicine.