Domestic Violence

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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of assault and coercive behaviors that batterers use in relationships to gain power and control over their intimate partners.  It’s never okay!  There is help for you or your loved one.  Contact us for referrals, or call one of the many agencies that provide direct support to survivors in our area.


Who We Are

The Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordination Office (DVCO) acts as a community resource for the prevention of, and intervention in, domestic violence by providing information, consultation, and technical assistance to community groups who want to address this important issue. The DVCO is jointly funded by the county and the City of Portland, and provides consultation to employees of both those organizations.

The program manager is the office’s representative on the Family Violence Coordinating Council, a local coordinating body for domestic violence intervention. Our office does not provide direct client services; view our list of local domestic violence resources for organizations who do.

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Who We Work With

Prevention of and intervention in domestic violence requires a coordinated community response; all parts of the community must provide safety and support for victims and send a message to perpetrators that domestic violence is not acceptable. Churches and synagogues, employers and co-workers, neighborhood associations and schools, neighbors, and friends—all must be part of a community-wide response to domestic violence. The Family Violence Coordinating Council and the Domestic Violence Coordination Office provide information, consultation and planning for this response.