October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In this quarter's newsletter we discuss changes in the Family Abuse Prevention Act restraining order statutes, how to report elder abuse, adverse childhood experiences, and highlight different domestic violence resources throughout the state. Also, meet OCVLC's new victim advocate - Taylor Kilkenny.
"The Board of Directors of the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center is delighted to announce the election of Erin Greenawald as its new President. Ms. Greenawald, formerly of the Department of Justice and who now owns her own law practice in Portland, takes over for Steve Doell. Mr. Doell, who co-founded OCVLC ten years ago and has served as its President for the last five years, will remain on the Board as President Emeritus. The Board thanks Mr. Doell for his invaluable contributions to OCVLC. OCVLC (www.ocvlc.org<http://www.ocvlc.org/>) is a 501c3 nonprofit providing crime victim advocacy and free legal representation to victims of crime and domestic abuse statewide from its offices in Portland and Bend."
This newsletter we reflect on the annual dinner, discuss tips for trauma informed interviewing, highlight legislative bills that could affect crime victims, and changes to UTCR 3.180 changing the discretion Judges have when allowing electronic recordings in sex crime cases.
Thank you to everyone who made OCVLC Second Annual Hardy Myers Dinner and ten year celebration successful. More than 200 guests helped the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center celebrate ten years of providing legal representation and advocacy to victims throughout the state. Thank you for your support and donations. We are grateful that we have so many amazing supporters who care about the work we do. Please enjoy the photos from our event. Photography by Emily La Brecque.
In 2019 the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center is celebrating ten years of advocating for and representing victims of crime throughout the state of Oregon! Since opening in 2009, OCVLC attorneys and advocates have assisted more than 1,100 crime victims in Oregon. In 2018 we assisted more than 275 victims. Read our newsletter to look back at 2018 highlights, learn about working with minor victims, Stalking Protective Orders, survivor privacy when voting, and this year's recipient for the Hardy Myers Victim Advocacy Award!
OCVLC has had a busy summer, our Central Oregon office is open and serving crime victims, we have announced the date for the Second Annual Hardy Myers Dinner and Attorney Brett Cattani has joined the OCVLC team. Read our Fall newsletter to learn more about what OCVLC has been up too these past few summer months.
OCVLC is excited to announce our new Bend office is now open! Senior Staff Attorney Melanie Kebler has relocated to Bend and will be serving crime victims in Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson counties. Melanie is excited to expand OCVLC's presence into Central Oregon and to serve crime victims there by providing free legal assistance to victims seeking to assert, enforce, and remedy violations of their crime victims' rights. The phone number for our Bend office is 541-323-3392.
Our Spring newsletter is here. Inside you will find exciting news about OCVLC First Annual Hardy Myers Dinner, a summary of State v. Ball, and an introduction to our new Victim Advocate, Roshelle Cleland.
Thank you to everyone who made OCVLC First Annual Hardy Myers Dinner successful. Thank you for your support and donations. We are grateful that we have so many amazing supporters who care about the work we do. Please enjoy the photos from our event. Photography by Jacob Denbrook.
Throughout November and December you can support OCVLC by participating in the 2017 Give Guide campaign! You can find our page at:
Inside you'll find exciting news about OCVLC's participation in Willamette Week's 2017 Give Guide, articles dedicated to Domestic Violence Awareness Month and a bio on our new Finance Manager.
OCVLC's attorneys and advocate will again participate in Parents of Murdered Children's Day of Remembrance. See the attached flyer for more information.
OCVLC hosted our first Open House on May 4, 2017. Board President Steve Doell welcomed a large crowd of attorneys, advocates, and supporters of our work to our offices. Board Secretary/Treasurer Erin Olson detailed OCVLC founder and former Attorney General Hardy Myers’ illustrious career in public service to the people of Oregon as well as his dedication to improving the system response to victims of crime. Hardy’s family attended the event, which included the dedication of our conference room and the unveiling of a plaque honoring him.
Retired Multnomah County Judge Jean Maurer was our featured speaker. Judge Maurer spoke of the important role attorneys can play in representing victims in criminal proceedings to ensure victims’ rights are protected.
Notable attendees included Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Representative Jeff Barker, District Attorneys Bob Hermann of Washington County and Rod Underhill of Multnomah County, the Honorable Erika Hadlock of the Oregon Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Keith Meisenheimer of Multnomah County (retired).
Inside you'll find in depth information on OCVLC's work at the Gateway Center in Multnomah County, updates on community partners and Board membership as well as a cover article dedicated to the Parents of Murdered Children annual National Day of Remembrance event.