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The Department of Community Justice Victim and Survivor Services' mission is to support people who have experienced harm by thoughtfully meeting their individualized needs, upholding victim rights, and enhancing our community’s response to harm.
Victim and Survivor Services' vision is a County that is equitable, responsive, and resourced to meet the needs of those who have experienced harm while creating meaningful options to repair harm.
Victim and Survivor Services' Core Values:
Equitable/Equity - We believe that advancing equity, valuing diversity, and addressing intersecting oppressions is essential to preventing disparities within our community. We acknowledge that the criminal justice system is historically oppressive and that white supremacy values have been baked into our social and justice systems. We understand that racism and oppression within systems serve to maintain the power of the privileged and disadvantage traditionally marginalized communities. We believe that we have a responsibility to educate ourselves, be self-reflective and evaluate the ways we hold privilege and perpetuate oppression. We are dedicated to applying an equity lens to our work and to all the decisions we make. We are committed to dismantling systems of oppression and we will continuously work to transform systems to be safe, inclusive, and equitable for all people.
When working directly with survivors of violence and victims of crime, we utilize a holistic model that centers the whole individual and the entirety of their needs and experiences. We strive to utilize culturally responsive strategies to address people’s specific needs including providing referrals to culturally specific community resources. Our approach recognizes the full impact of harm a person has experienced including the harm caused by institutional and systemic oppression.
Survivor-Led - We believe that survivors of violence and crime victims are the experts of their own lives. Our role is to follow the lead of the people we serve by utilizing an empowerment approach to help them identify and build upon their strengths. With a non-judgmental frame, we provide honest and transparent information, and support victims and survivors in making informed decisions that they identify are right for their unique situation. We encourage our community partners to listen to the needs of survivors of violence and crime victims and follow the lead of each individual they serve.
Trauma-Informed - We understand that being trauma-informed is a process that involves continuous effort to remain at the leading edge of best practices. We strive to actively prevent any re-traumatization while working to restore a sense of safety and power to survivors of violence and victims of crime. We recognize the impacts of systemic and historical trauma. We understand that victims and survivors may come into our justice and social systems with distrust and fear that they will experience additional harm from these systems. Our staff support people in navigating these complex systems and work to minimize barriers for trauma survivors to engage with systems. We invest in the sustainability of our staff and recognize that vicarious trauma must be addressed in order for our staff to do our best work. We strive to find innovative solutions to address harm and utilize principles of restorative justice to repair harm whenever possible.
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Victim and Survivor Services Advocacy Program provides direct support to crime victims and survivors who have been harmed by a justice involved individual (JII) who is being supervised by the Department of Community Justice. We also provide support to JIIs on supervision who are experiencing complex trauma such as domestic or sexual violence, stalking, sex trafficking, gang violence, and gun violence. Our advocates offer trauma-informed and client-led services including: safety planning, advocacy, emotional support, trauma education, system information and navigation, information about an offender’s status, court accompaniment, collaboration with community providers, and referrals to community and culturally specific resources. Our advocates work 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. To connect with an advocate please call 503-988-7606 or email email@example.com.
Victim and Survivor Services Staff
Rhea DuMont, Community Justice Manager
Haley Pursell, Senior Program Strategist
Chris Lindemann, Records Technician
Jose Rivas, Records Technician