September 8th, 2010 5:33 pm | by Jacob Pierce News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall, Multnomah County

New Center for Victims of Domestic Violence Hosts Grand Opening

For victims of domestic violence in Multnomah County, finding support has become a little easier.

The new Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services holds its grand opening this afternoon at 1 pm. City Commissioner Dan Saltzman and County Chairman Jeff Cogen will co-host the event at Gateway, a city-county venture that is expected to be a “one-stop services center in the Portland area” for victims and their children.

The center is the result of contributions from many agencies. The City of Portland allocated $1.35 million in start-up costs. Multnomah County gave the building lease and money for security and other office infrastructure. The feds allocated $300,000.

The center will include crisis intervention, safety planning, access to specially trained Portland Police, restraining order applications, prosecution services and support, and children and teen support services. Staff will be fluent in Hmong, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Tajik, Swahili, Somali, Vietnamese, and American Sign Language. Translation services for other languages will also be available.

Although today marks the official opening, the center has been operating for several weeks. And so far, in that short time, 61 victims have gotten referrals to the center.

U.S. Sen Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) also will attend the ceremony at 10305 E. Burnside St.
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