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The mission of the Illinois Valley Safe House Alliance is to end violence against women. The Illinois Valley Safe House Alliance takes the following actions to end violence against women:
Intervene: To step in; to come between.
Prevent: To prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action.
Engage: To get and hold the attention of; to involve in an activity
- Provide crisis intervention, assist in stabilizing survivors lives and keep survivors engaged with services so:
- It is easier to stay separated from their abuser
- They are less likely to be re-assaulted
- They access the resources they need
- They have a bigger support system and sense of community
- Provide education on violence against women and the tools to interrupt and prevent the violence from occurring:
- Prevention work in the schools
- Community awareness and bystander campaigns
- Dedication of staff and resources to support prevention and anti-oppression work
- Participation and leadership in anti-violence work throughout the county (DSV Council, Leadership Summit, schools, and community partnerships) and statewide groups (DHS, OCADSV, AGSATF).
- Establish by-stander groups
- Publicize services and brand to community groups (presentations, social media)
- Increase the number of volunteers (board members, by-stander groups, fund and friend-raiser events, schools)
Illinois Valley Safe House Alliance formed in 2000 as a result of two former victims who polled the community and developed a board of directors. In October 2001, the organization hired its first executive director. In November 2002, the organization began providing direct services to victims of sexual and domestic violence. Our services are offered in three locations: our Cave Junction Advocacy Center, the Cave Junction Department of Human Services and the Josephine County Community Corrections. In 2012, the organization served 730 victims with services including; crisis intervention, safety planning, emergency shelter, food and transportation, assistance obtaining protection orders, public benefits (SNAP, TANF), and crime victim compensation, peer advocacy, follow-up support, support groups, referrals to and assistance with accessing other needed services. Our outreach consists of presenting information at community events, attendance at community partners’ participants’ groups, the local Art Walk, Farmer’s Market and yard sales. We hold two annual awareness events for Domestic and Sexual Awareness Months. Our prevention efforts have primarily focused on the high school health classes, school leadership groups and after school activities for teens.
- Chris Mallette
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