Join us for the 2014 Champys!

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Join us in honoring Champions for public policy and legislation that improves the response to and prevention of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking!

WHEN: Monday, October 13th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

WHERE: The Secret Society Ballroom*, 116 NE Russell Street, Portland, OR 97212

COST: General Tickets are $50; Advocate/Student Tickets are $25.

Visit the event website to purchase your ticket online now and ensure your spot.
Tickets may be available at the door, depending on capacity.

We are proud to announce our 2014 Champys:

Kerry Naughton

Kerry Naughton joined Partnership for Safety and Justice in September 2008, after spending ten years working on national and international victim assistance projects in Washington, DC.  In her roles as PSJ’s Crime Survivors Program Director and as a member of the Oregon Alliance to End Violence Against Women, she is an outspoken advocate for survivors and for a system that is just and that more effectively builds safer, healthier communities.  Kerry was instrumental in gathering input from domestic and sexual violence advocates from across Oregon and ensuring that the voices and needs of survivors were heard by our legislators during conversations and decisions about justice reforms.

Jennifer Williamson

Representative Jennifer Williamson serves Oregon House district 36.  She was raised on a farm in Oregon and received her law degree, cum laude, from Willamette University.  Jennifer‘s experience includes practicing law in Portland at the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine, working at Portland State University as the Assistant Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, and serving on Superintendent Susan Castillo’s executive team at the Oregon Department of Education.  During her first term in the Oregon House she was appointed as the Co-Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety where she championed HB 3194, which reinvested a portion of the savings gained from justice reforms into services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Jackie Winters

Senator Jackie Winters serves Oregon Senate district 10.  She moved to Portland in 1943 with her family and attended Portland Public Schools.  She continued her education through the Oregon University System’s Continuing Education coursework, with an emphasis on Intergovernmental Relations.   She began her governmental service in 1959 at Oregon Health Sciences University.  In 1998, voters of District 31 elected Jackie, as their State Representative, the first African-American Republican to achieve this honor. She was re-elected to this office in 2000 and then was elected as State Senator for District 10 in 2002, 2006, and again in 2010.  Jackie was appointed as the Co-Chair of the Joint Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety where she championed HB 3194, which reinvested a portion of the savings gained from justice reforms into services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

 

*Please note: due to the historic nature of the building, the Ballroom is only accessible by stairs.

2014 Legislative “Short Session” Report

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Success: Preventing Homelessness for Victims

Advocates continue to say that lack of emergency and affordable housing are a primary need for victims across the state. Thus, VAW PAC and other allies supported the Oregon Housing Alliance efforts to restore $1.5 million to the Emergency Housing Account and $0.5 million to the State Homeless Assistance Program. These funds, continually cut since 2007 despite increased need, are considered the most flexible resource to end and prevent homelessness in Oregon. This win restores the funds for the remainder of the 2014 biennium back to 2007 levels plus inflation.

Our champion legislators came through, and despite difficult budget decisions, supported housing for victims through this $2 million restoration.

 

Discussion started: Reinvesting Settlement Funds to Support Legal Aid Services Vital to Victims

House Bill 4143 would have significantly increased funding for legal aid services by directing unclaimed class action lawsuit proceeds to legal aid services instead of back to the corporation that was sued.

Very frequently, victims are fighting for their personal safety and seeking protection from sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. Yet, at the level Legal Aid services are are currently funded, they often have to turn away many victims who cannot otherwise afford legal assistance.

“Addressing domestic violence cases early through the civil legal system helps keep children in school, potential victims out of the hospital, and can ease the burden on the criminal justice system.” – Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

HB 4143 was passed in the House but died in the Senate. We look forward to continuing the discussion on this important piece of legislation in the next full session in 2015.

As we begin gearing up for to this year’s elections, as well as the 2015 legislative session, your support is more important now than ever.

Click here to make a contribution now

Oregon Political Tax Credit

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Did you know that the state of Oregon provides a unique opportunity for you to help end domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking?

Through the Oregon Political Tax Credit the state of Oregon gives each tax-payer an income tax credit for donations up to $50 for individuals ($100 for joint filers) to qualified political campaigns or causes, such as VAW PAC.

This is not a deduction, it works like a loan – if you don’t owe any taxes, you’ll get the amount you donated back at tax time (up to $50 for individuals or $100 for joint filers); if you do owe taxes, your payment will be reduced by the amount you gave.

This means it doesn’t cost you anything to help victims and end domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking! So donate your $50 to VAW PAC now.

This is not the same as tax deductible donations made to nonprofit organizations, nor is it the Oregon Charitable Checkoff.  This is an entirely different opportunity for engaging citizens and elected officials, and garnering support for victim services and prevention efforts that is not available to organizations with 501(c)3 status.

For more information about the political tax credit visit http://oregontaxcredit.com.