FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2017
Contact: Tia Williams
Phone: (503) 823-4151
Gateway Center expands services to reach elder and disabled adults experiencing abuse,
will offer specialized restraining orders
Portland, Ore. – Beginning this week, the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services will offer applications for restraining orders under the Act to Prevent Abuse of Elderly Persons or Persons with a Disability (EPPDAPA) through its satellite courtroom. “We know that the population served by these restraining orders needs an alternative location from the downtown courthouse and the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services can fill that need,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who helped establish and continues to oversee the center.
The Gateway Center, in Partnership with YWCA and Social Venture Partners, will host an Encore Fellow to help administer the EPPDAPA Protection Orders and assess for additional needs. “We will be studying how to better serve this population over the coming months. What other services do these restraining order applicants need to help them avoid further abuse?” said Martha Strawn Morris, Director of the Gateway Center.
"Working collaboratively to serve those experiencing abuse is the right thing to do. The Gateway Center has a proven track record of effective restraining order facilitation, and we support the center opening its doors to this vulnerable population,” said Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill.
The Gateway Center first opened in 2009 and is visited more than 11,000 times each year, by nearly 4,000 unduplicated survivors.
"The Gateway Center is a shining example of what we can achieve when the county, city, and partners in the community work together. This pilot expansion shows a continued commitment to collaborate, learn from those we serve, and be responsive to the needs of survivors,” added Multnomah County Commissioner Sharon Meieran.
The Gateway Center campus is home to multiple agencies dedicated to intervening and helping survivors recover from domestic violence. These expanded services will provide an additional tool for vulnerable populations seeking resources.
If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence or are concerned that domestic violence may be an issue, help is available.
Portland Women's Crisis Line provides access to advocacy services, including confidential peer support, information and referrals to community resources. The 24 hour crisis line can be reached at (503) 235-5333 or toll free at (888) 235-5333.