Domestic Violence, Domestic Abuse - What is it, who does it & what's the law?
We deserve to be safe in our home. We deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. Name calling, intimidation, forcible restraint, punching, kicking, strangling, hair pulling – all of these are abusive and are called domestic abuse when done by someone we are in a relationship with or are related to.
Oregon Police are subject to the “mandatory arrest” law related to domestic abuse. The law mandates that officers investigate allegations of domestic abuse when it comes to their attention. If police determine that a domestic violence crime has been committed, officers must attempt to determine who the aggressor was and arrest that person. In domestic violence cases the victim does not have the right to drop or not press charges as the state of Oregon makes this decision. The District Attorney’s office in the county where the abuse occurs decides whether criminal charges will be filed resulting in a court case.
*If you are in immediate danger please call 9-1-1 for help.
If you have questions regarding abuse that is occurring in your relationship or that of a friend or family member, please call the District Attorney’s Office or contact a DVRT advocate for more information (numbers below). Please do not hesitate to call local resources for help - it could be the most important call you make for you and your family. If you would like to make a report of domestic abuse, contact the law enforcement agency where the crime occurred.
- Washington County Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 503-469-8620, toll free 1-800-469-8600
- Call to Safety: 503-235-5333, toll free 1-888-235-5333
- Washington County District Attorney Victim Assistance: 503-846-8671
- Domestic Violence Response Team (Hillsboro, OR): 503-681-6251
- Hillsboro Police Department: 503-681-6175
- Washington County Counseling and Victim Services: 503-846-3026
- Washington County Family Justice Center: 503-430-8300
- Domestic Violence Resource Center: 503-640-5352
- Abuse Recovery Ministry & Services: 503-846-9284, toll free 1-866-262-9284
Have a safety plan:
If you are a victim of domestic violence, establish Your Safety Plan. Get ready in case you need to get out, or get the kids and pets to a safe place in a hurry. Pack a bag with important medications, clothes, and money – keep it at the neighbors.
Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT):
The Hillsboro Police Department Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) provides 24-hour on-scene crisis intervention response to victims of domestic/sexual violence and stalking inHillsboro. The advocates are trained and work closely with police officers, the District Attorney’s Office and local victim resource groups.
The goal of DVRT is to increase victim safety and raise offender accountability through the work of our victim advocates and officers on the team. The ultimate goal is to reduce repeat domestic abuse incidents within the same household.
What DVRT volunteers do:
- Create individual safety plans, including children, pets, and housing;
- Provide information on protective orders;
- Provide information on the criminal justice system and offender arrest procedures if applicable;
- Explain Oregon law in relation to domestic abuse;
- Provide information on the crime of domestic abuse and stalking;
- Provide emotional support and encouragement;
- Put DV victims in touch with assisting agencies that provide needed resources; and
- Provide information and answer questions pertaining to victims of other types of crime.
Please note that you do not necessarily have to file a police report in order to speak to a victim advocate. Victim advocates working at Hillsboro Police are not law enforcement officers.
Donate used cell phones:
The Hillsboro Police Department collects donations of cell phones no longer wanted or needed and provides them free of charge to victims of domestic violence. Phones must have a charger.
To donate a used cell phone, simply drop the phone and accessories off at the Hillsboro Police Department West Precinct, 250 SE 10th Ave, Hillsboro, 97124.
|Sauter, Elizabeth||Domestic Violence Program Coordinator||Police||503-681-6251||Elizabeth.Sauter@hillsboro-oregon.gov|