#ThisIsDV: A Family Story
“I remember four years ago being in California and we got in a huge fight. I had this voice in my head just saying, “Leave now. If you don't leave now, you're going to go through stuff that you don't want to go through.”
“But I wasn’t getting black eyes, or a broken arm or broken ribs, like some other people that I knew, and so I thought, “Oh, well…it’s not that bad.”
Deschutes County Receives $450K Grant to Provide Enhanced Response to High-Risk Domestic Violence Cases
In 2015, Shelly shared her survivor story with us, along with three of her four children. Her journey to Central Oregon began in 1991 when she moved here from California. Twenty-one years later in 2012, Shelly’s husband and the father of her children would be arrested for domestic violence related crimes.
Now Accepting Applications for Volunteer Advocate Training
Local agencies will now be able to provide an enhanced response to domestic violence victims and swift prosecution of domestic violence offenders. A recent $450,000 grant award will help the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement agencies — Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, as well as Bend, Redmond, Black Butte, and Sunriver Police Departments — and Bend-based non-profit organization, Saving Grace, to work collaboratively to reduce the domestic violence toll on our community. In 2017, there were 29 deaths in 19 separate incidents in 11 Oregon counties related to domestic violence.
Saving Grace Announces New Leadership
Do you ever dream of making a difference in the lives of others? Saving Grace is currently accepting applications for its semi-annual advocacy training. This 40-hour training — five sessions over three weeks in October — prepares volunteers to work directly with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault seeking services from Saving Grace.
Camp Mary's Place
Saving Grace is excited to announce a new team member along with some familiar faces taking over new roles within the organization.
A Party with Strings Attached was organized by two community partners wanting to create something new and exciting for Mary's Place clients. This 3-day camp will allow mothers and their children to enjoy time swimming, hiking, crafting and spending time together in the outdoors.
Hands Can Change the World Event (Madras, April 10)
Will you help support our clients on their healing journey? Donate a gift card today.
March for Survivors
Join us on Tuesday, April 10th at 12 noon for our “Hands Can Change The World” Event at Madras City Hall. Hands Can Change the World is a brief ceremony to show your visible expression of commitment to efforts that will prevent and eliminate child abuse and sexual assault.
Presentations on Healthy Teen Relationships
March for Survivors kicks off Saving Grace’s Take Back the Night presented by Pacific Source Health Plans.
In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Saving Grace is hosting two presentations designed to make these conversations easier and more effective – one for adults (including parents, teachers, and others) and one for middle and high school-aged youth.