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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing

Mission: To foster self-empowerment of women and children so they can establish lives free of domestic and sexual violence.

Programs: Clackamas women's services opened a safe place family justice center for clackamas county in december 2013, with clackamas women's services providing 75% of the services offered at the center. Located on the clackamas county campus at red soils in oregon city, a safe place brings law enforcement officials, legal service providers, victim advocates, and community providers together under one roof to help families escape and recover from domestic violence. Clackamas women's services is headquartered at a safe place family justice center and delivers the agency's community based services through this hub. The agency's community based services include trauma informed services through rural outreach, counseling and support groups, legal advocacy, crisis intervention, co-located advocacy, economic empowerment, population specific support, camp hope, and long-term wraparound support services. The agency's volunteer program, youth violence prevention program, and community education program are also delivered through this model. In addition to community based services, clackamas women's services also provides a 24-hour crisis and support line, a 33 bed emergency shelter, and a housing program.

camp hope oregon, sponsored by a safe place family justice center for clackamas county, is a new three-year pilot project serving children who have witnessed or experienced domestic and sexual violence. The idea behind camp hope is to help children heal from trauma and have the fun, playful experiences that they deserve. Developed through the national family justice center alliance in 2003, camp hope is based on proven research that indicates how important hope is for child survivors of violence. It is a natural extension of the family justice center model. This past summer, we began the first of three pilot years that clackamas women's services will conduct for camp hope oregon. Camp hope oregon activities are hosted at camp arrah wanna in welches, oregon. Camp hope oregon includes two week-long sessions. One week is geared toward ages 6-10 and the other week toward ages 11-15. Camp hope activities are meant to help foster a sense of community, demonstrate positive role modeling, and provide children with fun, high-adventure experiences.

clackamas women's services rural advocates are able to provide the same set of services found at a safe place to survivors residing in rural areas by travelling to their homes or to safe locations nearby. Clackamas women's services rural counselor offers voluntary, short and long-term trauma-informed individual therapy as well as group counseling for adult, children, and youth/teen victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The youth education team works with the school system and local youth service providers to offer prevention education and outreach. This expansion has enabled clackamas women's services to provide more comprehensive support to all who need our help.

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