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Slavic Oregon Social Services provides culturally specific domestic violence and sexual assault (DVSA) services to the Slavic-speaking population in Oregon and southwest Washington.

Our mission is to increase the awareness and understanding of DVSA and provide support, advocacy and empowerment to DVSA survivors in the Slavic-speaking community, enabling them to exercise free and informed life choices. We are committed to strengthening families through education, community partnerships, direct services and advocacy. We use culturally appropriate strategies to help those affected by domestic violence stop the cycle of violence and take steps toward living full and healthy lives.

Our goal is to provide services that change social attitudes, perspectives and beliefs related to DVSA in the Slavic-speaking community.

Our vision is that social change will eventually lead to a significant decrease in DVSA in the community. Service delivery is respectful, easily accessible and non-intrusive. All our services are free and focused on safety and confidentiality of DVSA survivors.

Olga Shcherbakova, a community outreach coordinator for Slavic Oregon Social Services, agreed to answer the 12 most common insensible questions that survivors of domestic violence still have to deal with. If you know someone who is suffering from domestic violence and needs help in Russian or Ukrainian, please have them call us at (503) 777-3437.

Video by Alexandra Obmanets. Special thanks to Yekaterina Kozachuk, Timur Holove and Slavic Family Media Center.

Our services include:

Raising awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.
> 24-hour Slavic-language crisis response line and crisis intervention.
> Advocacy, case-management and safety planning.
> Assistance obtaining protective orders and filling out other forms and documents.
> Accompaniment to hospitals for SANE visit.
> Assistance in communication with law enforcement and other agencies.
> Accompaniment to court.
> Assistance accessing pro bono or low cost immigration and family law services.
> Referral to free mental health counseling with Slavic-speaking specialist.
> Assistance applying for crime victims compensation.
> Assistance applying for public benefits.
> Support groups.
> Mentorship program.
> Assistance with temporary and transitional housing.
> Translation and interpretation support.



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phone (503) 777-3437
24/7 crisis line
(503) 381-7757