Domestic violence is a serious public health concern that touches many individuals on both a national and local level. In Multnomah County, nearly 28,000 women were physically abused by their partners and 21,000 children were exposed to domestic violence in the past year. This month the Board of County Commissioners recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
As a public health authority, the county has taken steps to address this devastating problem in our community. Through partnerships with the City of Portland and various other public and private allies, Multnomah County was able to open the Gateway Center in 2010. The center, located at 10305 East Burnside, is a revolutionary one stop-shop for victims of abuse to receive on-site services such as crisis and safety planning, restraining order applications, child and teen support services, civil legal assistance, self sufficiency services and more. In the one year that it has been open, the Gateway Center has served 2,000 unique domestic violence survivors from across the county and managed over 7,000 service visits.
Another valuable domestic violence prevention and intervention tool that Multnomah County has is the Domestic Violence Coordination Office. The office, funded by both the county and the city, acts as a resource by providing information, consultation, and technical assistance to community groups who want to address this important issue. Visit /dv to learn more.
Know someone who needs help?
- Speak to someone in Oregon about Domestic Violence: 1-888-235-5333
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799- SAFE