If you are currently being assaulted or under threat of imminent assault or other emergency situation, call 9-1-1 immediately and an officer will respond. If you are the victim of a past incident of domestic violence with or without abuse, contact the Florence Police Department at 541-997-3515, and it will be investigated.
You are encouraged to visit the Oregon Department of Justice and Attorney General's website at www.doj.state.or.us/crimev/cvr/domestic_violence.shtml for additional information. That website states, "Domestic violence occurs when one family or household member harms or threatens to harm another family or household member." This discussion of domestic violence includes elder and disabled person abuse even though those types of abuse can take place outside of a family or household.
Many of the general crime victims' rights found on the web site apply to criminal cases involving domestic violence, elder or disabled person abuse. The following civil legal remedies for victims of family, elder, or disabled person abuse also may apply:
For the actual legal provisions go to Oregon Revised Statutes.
• Whenever any peace officer has reason to believe that a family or household member has been abused, or that an elderly person or person with disabilities has been abused, that officer shall use all reasonable means to prevent further abuse, including advising each person of the availability of a shelter or other services in the community and giving each person immediate notice of legal rights and remedies available. ORS 133.055(3)
• In Oregon, under the Family Abuse Prevention Act, a family abuse victim has the right to receive an instruction brochure, a petition, order and related forms from the clerk of the circuit court explaining the rights set forth in the Act. These rights include mandatory relief for up to one year and allowing a petitioner to provide a mailing or contact address instead of a residential address. ORS 107.718
• When any court enters a decree, order or modificiation of a decree or order under certain family and assistance payment law, the court shall allow any part to the decree or order to include in the decree or order a waiver of personal service in a subsequent contempt proceeding in order to maintain the confidentiality of a residential address. ORS 107.835
• A victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking may not be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits if the individual has no reasonably available alternatives to leaving work to protect the individual or minor child from further domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking at a workplace or elsewhere. ORS 657.176(12)
• A victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, may terminate a rental agreement with a 14 day notice within 90 days of the crime, and has the right to have locks changed by the owner of the rental property. ORS 90.453 ORS 90.459
• The Violence Against Women Act and the Justice Department Reauthorization Act of 2005 protect qualified public housing and Section 8 tenants and family members of tenants who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking from being evicted or terminated from housing assistance based on acts of such violence against them. 42 USC 143d(2005); 42 USC 1437f(2006)
• A victim of domestic violence may have a right, in some Oregon Housing Authorities, to a housing preference.
• A person at risk for family, elder or disabled people abuse, has the right to go on a payment plan rather than have basic phone service disconnected for unpaid bills. ORS 759.690 - Note Following; Chapter 204, Oregon Laws 2005
• Any protection order issued by the court of one state or Indian tribe, after reasonable notice was given to the person against whom the order was made sufficient to protect due process rights, shall be accorded full faith and credit by the court of another state or tribe and enforced as if it were the order of the enforcing state or tribe. 18 USC 2265
• The Department of Homeland Security may not release information about certain victims of domestic violence and their children without the victim's consent. VAWA, 18 USC 384
• Oregon residents who are victims of domestic violence or are at risk of becoming victims may be eligible for Temporary Assistance to Domestic Violence Survivors (TA/DVS) emergency monetary grants through the Oregon Department of Human Services. Applicants must have children or be pregnant to qualify. An emergency monetary relief order under the Family Abuse Prevention Act does not affect eligibility for TA/DVS grants. See OAR 461-135-1210 et seq.
• The Department of Homeland Security may not make unfavorable immigration decisions based solely upon information provided by a spouse, parent, or other family member who resided in the same household as the immigrant, who is abusive toward the immigrant or immigrant's child. 8 USCA Sec. 1367(a)(1)
• Victims of crime who are immigrants may access emergency medical care and police assistance, may have the perpetrators of the crimes against them prosecuted, and may obtain community based services necessary to protect life and safety. H.R. REP. NO 104-725(1996); 61 Fed. Reg. 45,985 (Aug 30, 1996); 63 Fed. Reg. 41,662 (Aug 4, 1998); 62 Fed. Ref. 61,344, 61,346 (Nov 17, 1997); 8 USC Sec. 1642(d)"
There is help available locally in the Florence area for people who are victims of domestic violence or just need advice or someone to talk to who can provide assistance. The Florence Police Department refers victims of Domestic Violence to the Siuslaw Outreach Services, formerly the Siuslaw Area Women's Center, as they have the resources, skill, training, ability, and the desire to help in any way they can.
Siuslaw Outreach Services
1576 W. 12th Street
Florence, OR 97439
541-997-2816 (office) 1-877-997-FOUR (toll free)