Services

 
  • 24 hour crisis telephone line
  • Emergency shelter/safe house
  • Resource information and referrals
  • Emergency and appointment transportation (local locations)
  • Emergency clothing, food, and household items
  • Education and prevention classes in-school at the Middle and High School levels
  • Court advocacy, information, and guidance
  • Accompaniment by Sexual Assault Task Force trained Advocates to hospital for sexual assault victims
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Case Management and Client Services
  • Public Education

 


Domestic Violence Education – the material range includes the cycle of violence, individual types of abuse, and the progression and intensity of continued abuse. The goal of the material is to empower women to recognize that domestic violence follows a pattern of control and to empower women with options and information to break the cycle.

Peer Support Group – Woman’s peer support group. Some are guided support and some the women in attendance determine the topics and discussion flow.

3 Client guidance and education using goal setting as a means of changing direction in their lives and becoming self-sufficient.  The Case Manager provides guidance in identifying the needs required to reach individual goals; recording the requirements; assessing the level of success toward meeting the requirements; and refining the actions and goals as the client progresses. The guidance provides a written record of the client’s successes and thereby enforces their self-esteem when recognizing their progress. This is primarily for residents and Transitional Housing clients, but we provide many resource referrals over the telephone for non-resident clients as well.

 

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior that may be physical, sexual, psychological or some combination of any of these. These behaviors are intended to punish, abuse, and ultimately control the thoughts, beliefs, and actions of the victim. Although usually targeted toward a partner, abusive behavior harms everyone in the family. Over time, and without intervention, abusive behavior increases in frequency and severity. Later incidents of domestic violence often involve weapons and may end in tragedy or death.

Over time, and without intervention, abusive behavior increases in frequency and severity.

Who Might be a Victim?

It is commonly assumed that domestic abuse is found only in certain classes or groups of people. While it is true that domestic violence is mostly a crime perpetrated by men against women (95% of violence done to women is done by men) no other generalizations may accurately be made. In our society, women of all classes, ages, races, and educational backgrounds can become victims of such violence.

Women of all classes, ages, races, education backgrounds can become victims of violence.

Why Does it Happen?

Abusive behavior is learned behavior. Even when not physically abused, children who observe family violence are emotionally abused children. They may grow up thinking of violence as a way to solve problems. They tend to repeat or to accept the violent behaviors they have observed and they may become the next generation of abusers and victims.

Abusive behavior is learned behavior.

Watch for These Signs of Domestic Violence

Does your partner?:

  • Insult you in public and/or in private?
  • Check up on where you have been and/or who you have talked to?
  • Put down your friends and/or family?
  • Tell you jealousy is a sign of love?
  • Blame you for the abuse?
  • Limit where you go and what you do?
  • Try to control your money?
  • Destroy your things?
  • Threaten to hurt you, your family, and/or pets?
  • Make you have sex in ways or at times that are uncomfortable to you?
  • Touch you in ways that hurt or scare you?
  • Tell you your fears and/or feelings are not important?

If any of these things happen to you, you might be in danger.

 

Oasis Shelter Home, Incorporated, is an emergency shelter for adult and child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Oasis was founded as a result of a grass roots effort dedicated to establishing a haven for victims of family violence in Curry County, Oregon, population 22,000. The mission of Oasis states: “Through shelter, advocacy, and education, we empower victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and resulting homelessness, to achieve a life free from abuse.”

 

Read more: About Us

 

What is Sexual Assault?

Most often when people hear the words "sexual assault" they think of rape. One might automatically picture a stranger jumping out of the bushes to rape a woman walking home from work late at night. While it is true that rape by a stranger is a form of sexual assault, it is vital to include the wide range of unwanted sexual contacts that many people experience in our definition of these words. Sexual assault can include child sexual abuse, rape, attempted rape, incest, exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene phone calls, fondling, and sexual harassment. There is a range of nonconsensual sexual acts that create a continuum in which each form of sexual assault is linked to the others by their root causes, as well as by the effects they have on individuals and communities. While sexual assault can take many forms, it is important to remember that the loss of power and control that a victim of sexual assault experiences is a common thread.

Child sexual abuse can be defined as any situation in which an adult or another child threatens, forces or manipulates a child into sexual activity. Many times the offender doesn't need to use physical force with the victim. Instead, they take advantage of their own position of trust and authority. Child sexual abuse can include exposing a child to pornography, fondling the sexual parts of a child's body, making a child engage in sexual activity with others, and sexually penetrating a child, orally, anally or vaginally with the penis, hand or any object. Incest is intercourse or touching of sexual parts between an adult family member and a child or between siblings.

Rape is any sexual intercourse with a person without his or her consent. It is an act of violence that uses sex as a weapon. There are many different types of rape that are important to distinguish as well. Stranger rape happens when the victim does not know his or her offender. Many people believe that this type of rape only happens to women who dress a certain way, walk alone at night, or park in parking garages. The reality of stranger rape is that it happens during the day and at night, to people from all different walks of life, and in lots of different places.

Acquaintance rape describes a rape in which the victim and the perpetrator are known to each other. The perpetrator might be a partner, coworker, best friend or neighbor. Did you know that this is the most common type of rape? 84 percent of rapes happen among people who know one another. Most of the time a person is raped by someone they know, trust, or love.

Date rape is a specific kind of acquaintance rape, referring to a rape that occurs between two people who are dating partners. Often times the victim is emotionally manipulated or coerced into having sex with his or her partner. Marital rape, one of the least talked about forms of sexual assault, is rape between husband and wife. Because of personal and societal barriers to reporting marital rape, its prevalence is probably higher than we are aware.

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment often manifests itself in subtle ways, such as sexually suggestive comments, unwanted touching, risqué jokes, or blatant demand for sexual contact. In most cases, these actions take place within work or educational settings where both the offender and the victim are required to be in close contact.

There are many types of sexual assault. It is important to understand the differences between them, as well as how they are linked together. Unfortunately, because of the silence that surrounds sexual assault, there have been many myths created over time to help explain why it happens and who it happens to. We often hear things like "only women can be raped", "a husband can't rape his wife", "she asked for it by wearing those shorts", and "that child must be lying - his father is a good man." We know that these things are not true. Both women and men can be sexually assaulted. Rape can occur within a marriage. A victim never asks to be raped and is never to blame for behavior of the perpetrator. People who sexually assault are often people who go to church, have good jobs, and are well liked by their community.

 

What is the purpose of tribal enrollment?

Tribal enrollment requirements preserve the unique character and traditions of each tribe. The tribes establish membership criteria based on shared customs, traditions, language and tribal blood.

What are tribal membership requirements?

Tribal enrollment criteria are set forth in tribal constitutions, articles of incorporation or ordinances. The criterion varies from tribe to tribe, so uniform membership requirements do not exist.

Two common requirements for membership are lineal decendency from someone named on the tribe's base roll or relationship to a tribal member who descended from someone named on the base roll. (A "base roll" is the original list of members as designated in a tribal constitution or other document specifying enrollment criteria.) Other conditions such as tribal blood quantum, tribal residency, or continued contact with the tribe are common.

How do I apply for enrollment in a tribe?

After you have completed your genealogical research, documented your ancestry, and determined the tribe with which your ancestor was affiliated, you are ready to contact the tribe directly to obtain the criteria for membership.

Rarely is the BIA involved in enrollment and membership. Each tribe determines whether an individual is eligible for membership. Each tribe maintains it's own enrollment records and records about past members. To obtain information about your eligibility for membership, you must contact the tribe.

How do I Locate the Tribe I may have Indian Ancestry from?

The Tribal Leaders Directory that is published by the Bureau of Indian Affairs lists all 562 federally recognized American Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives. It also lists all the Regions, Agencies and Offices within the BIA.

 

Source: Retrieved from the website of the Bureau of Indian Affairs of the U.S. Department of the Interior at http://www.doi.gov/tribes/enrollment.cfm# on April 22, 2013

 

 

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