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Violence can happen to people of any age, gender, race or sexuality. Violence is never the victim's fault; No matter where or how it happens. HAVEN is a confidential space to seek support. We offer free advocacy services to help survivors navigate the medical, legal and housing systems.
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Have you experienced domestic violence?
We serve domestic violence survivors who have experienced a pattern of coercive tactics that include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse. These actions are perpetrated by one person against a family member, current or former intimate partner, or person in his or her care, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control. These tactics may fall within the legal definition or outside of it.
Legal definition of domestic violence (ORS135.230 (3)): Domestic violence means abuse between family or household members. Abuse means either attempting to cause physical injury, causing physical injury, placing someone in fear of imminent serious physical injury, or committing sexual abuse.
Have you experienced sexual violence?
We serve survivors who have experienced nonconsensual sexual acts. This includes situations where a person is unable to give consent or say "no" due to coercion, drug/alcohol use or physical or mental incapacitation.
Sexual abuse takes many different forms including rape, attempted rape, child molestation, inappropriate touching, incest (sexual contact between family members), voyeurism (when someone watches private sexual acts), indecent exposure, and sexual harassment.
Survivors of sexual assault in the state of Oregon have the legal right to have a "personal representative" of their choice present in the room during the sexual assault medical exam and forensic evidence collection process (this personal representative must be over 18 years old and NOT have been a witness to the incident). Frequently, survivors chose to have an advocate from DVSA agencies such as HAVEN accompany them during this process. HAVEN advocates provide this service for free, as with the rest of our services.
The Sexual Assault Victim Emergency Medical Response (SAVE) Fund pays for a Complete Medical Assessment, which includes the collection of forensic evidence and must be conducted within 84 hours of the assault; and for any of or all the elements of a "Partial" Medical Assessment which does not include the collection of forensic evidence and must be conducted within 7 days of the assault. Survivors do not need to report the assault to law enforcement in order to access the fund.
Have you experienced stalking?
We serve survivors who have experienced stalking. Stalking is defined as: a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
Stalking often involves behavior such as harassing or threatening another person. Many forms of unwanted contact between a stalker and their victim which directly or indirectly communicate a threat or makes a victim afraid can generally be referred to as stalking.