To the editor:
As advocates for victims of domestic and sexual violence in our community, I hope policy makers will pass HB 3194A.
This is a modest bill that takes important first steps toward a smarter public safety system for Oregon. The bill will ensure appropriate accountability for violent offenders while also generating savings for re-investment in critical community-based prevention, treatment, and safety services that have been decimated in our communities over the last decade.
As an advocate and community-based service provider for victims of domestic and sexual violence in your community, I can tell you that the need has never been greater. Our shelter struggles to meet the needs of all the victims and children seeking safety from abuse in the home. If we do not have the resources to meet that need, those victims and their children have no choice but to sleep on the streets, in the woods, or return to abusive homes.
Passage of HB 3194A will truly make our system smarter, by allowing re-investment in critical safety and prevention services for some of the most vulnerable adults and children in our state.
Please, lawmakers, vote YES on HB 3194A, for victim and community safety.
Tara L. Koch, executive director
HAVEN From Domestic & Sexual Violence