Oregon Department of Justice
Settings: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention
The Oregon Department of Justice’s project, “Safer Futures Funding”, improves expectant, pregnant and parenting women, safety and well-being by increasing access to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) advocacy services at the Department of Health Services Child Welfare branch offices, public health departments and other health care settings around the state. Safer Futures Funding supports on-site advocacy services within these systems to promote positive outcomes for expectant, pregnant and parenting women and for the systems in which they are involved.
Additional goals for the project include:
- Improving health care provider identification of and response to IPV;
- Building sub-grantee organizations’ capacity and competency for providing IPV advocacy services in health care systems, and;
- Improving interventions in Child Welfare cases where IPV is a family safety concern.
Oregon has a long history of funding on-site advocacy services in Child Welfare. The Safer Futures Funding project continues the on-site advocacy model in Child Welfare and further expands the model in public health and other health care settings. Oregon Department of Justice’s internal evaluation indicates that this is a successful model for ensuring linkage to services for expectant, pregnant and parenting women who are victims of IPV.