About VAW PAC

The Oregon End Violence Against Women Political Action Committee (VAW PAC) was established in March 2012 by a group of individuals who are advocates and activists in the movement to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

VAW PAC is the first political action committee in the nation to focus specifically on violence against women issues and is a great opportunity to enhance the work of the domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking movements in Oregon. By identifying and supporting political candidates who will champion policies and efforts that respond to and prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking we can ensure that vital services for victims are supported and implement programs that will prevent violence before it occurs.

Mission

The mission of VAW PAC is to engage in electoral & legislative activity in Oregon to end domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  We work to accomplish our mission by:

  • Electing key political candidateswho will champion efforts to respond to and prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • Promoting legislation that supports and enhances efforts to respond to and prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
  • Educating politicians and the public about issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Values

VAW PAC recognizes that while anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, these crimes are primarily committed by men against women. As such, our efforts acknowledge the gendered nature of these crimes.

VAW PAC recognizes that individuals and communities who experience multiple forms of oppression (e.g., racism, anti-semitism, ableism, classism, homophobia and transphobia, etc.) are at greater risk for experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, while at the same time are less likely to receive culturally relevant resources and services. As such, we strive to acknowledge and work to end all forms of oppression.

VAW PAC recognizes that only survivors know what is best for them in their specific situation and supports survivors’ right to be informed of and choose from all options (e.g., whether or not to engage the criminal justice system, reproductive choice, etc.).

VAW PAC believes that domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are preventable if we focus on changing social and cultural norms and individual attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate and condone these forms of violence (e.g., victim blaming, sexism, and other forms of oppression).  As such, we work to promote healthy norms and behaviors (e.g., healthy sexuality, non-violent relationships, social justice) and hold perpetrators accountable.