Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced a total of $3,282,231 in federal grants to help protect Oregonians from domestic violence and stalking and to support survivors.
“All of us want to feel safe in our homes and as we go about our lives"
"these grants will help protect more Oregonians from domestic violence,” said Merkley. “I’ll continue working to secure resources that provide safety, support, and protection for people in these situations.”
“The awful threat of domestic violence undermines the safety of far too many households and communities in Oregon and nationwide,” Wyden said. “I’m glad Grant and Clatsop counties as well as the state have earned these federal funds to reduce the risks of these crimes, and I’ll keep battling to secure similar resources throughout Oregon.”
$1,949,897 to Oregon Department of Justice - STOP
The STOP Formula Grant Program encourages partnerships between law enforcement, prosecution, courts, and victim services organizations to enhance victim safety and hold offenders accountable in cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The goal of the grant program is to develop and strengthen law enforcement, prosecution, and court strategies to combat violent crimes against women and to develop and strengthen victim services, including community-based, culturally specific services, in cases involving domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
$636,815 to Grant County, $695,519 to Clatsop County
Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking Program funds are used to support programs that:
Grantees must use at least one of the following strategies in implementing their projects:
“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's an honor to be awarded this funding from The Office for Violence Against Women, and The Harbor is so excited to partner with the Astoria Birth Center to increase programs, services, and access to culturally-responsive care for Clatsop County survivors of sexual assault. Survivors are often told that they will need to go to Portland—over 2 hours one way—in order to receive care because there isn't a qualified medical professional available at either hospital in Clatsop County. This funding and partnership will help ensure that sexual assault survivors have 24/7 access to trauma-informed, confidential forensic and medical exams, including access to medical providers that speak Spanish, and LGBTQIA+ affirming care,” said Terri Steenbergen, Executive Director of The Harbor.