Beaverton will join in with Washington County to support a center for domestic violence victims that provides as many as 10 services under one roof.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - Domestic Violence

Beaverton city leaders received an update on the development of a center for domestic violence victims in Washington County.

At the Tuesday, June 13, Beaverton City Council meeting, Hillsboro Police Chief Lee Dobrowolski, along with Judy Willey, Family Justice Center development director, provided an update on the progress of the Family Justice Center project.

The Family Justice Center of Washington County is a collaboration of agencies dedicated to providing support and hope to those impacted by family violence through comprehensive and compassionate healing services.

Hillsboro, Cornelius and North Plains already have committed to support the center, and Beaverton now added its name to that list.

“We are committed to ending the cycle of domestic violence in Washington County,” Dobrowolski said.

Willey told the council, “This is one of the most worthwhile endeavors I’ve ever taken on. The Family Justice Center model reduces domestic violence by building a collaboration of public and nonprofit multi-disciplinary service providers together under one roof.”

The facility, slated to open Dec. 1, will be located at Southwest 158th and Walker Road, at the old Harbor Homes complex, close to the MAX.

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle said the, “mass transit option is a home-run of this concept.”

Council President Marc San Soucie agreed, “I am pleasantly surprised by the location. I’m in on this,” he said.

The center is a welcoming community that guides survivors through collaborative, comprehensive and holistic healing services. Collectively the center provides a compassionate approach in a safe atmosphere, allowing people impacted by domestic violence to create pathways of hope.

“We will have 10 different services under one roof, including the ability to file for a restraining order,” Willey said. “Current providers struggle to offer the scope of critical services in one location, and are forced to make referrals. What does this mean for victims?” She asked. “It means traveling from site to site, often without personal transportation. It means telling and reliving the abuse over and over. Systemically, re-traumatization and a lack of enveloping support sends victims back to abuse. Delay may be dangerous. This team right here in Washington County will assist victims of domestic violence, their children and our communities to survive, heal, and break the cycle of domestic violence in Washington County.”

Dobrowolski said domestic violence is the crime that police respond to most frequently.

He added, “25 percent of homicides are related to domestic violence and 90 percent of the victims are female, while 90 percent of the perpetrators are male.”

Doyle said “This effort is really solid. We will participate. It is a great cause with a great need. It makes you appreciate what some of the women in the community are going through. This could be the piece of the puzzle that will stop this nonsense.”

The presentation hit home for councilor Lacey Beaty, “My mom was a victim of domestic violence. I wish there was something like this for her during her first marriage. This is a great central location. You can count on the city of Beaverton,” Beaty said.

 

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