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Contact Your Legislators Before Valentine’s Day!

emailPlease contact your state Senator and Representative in early February to let them know the Alliance is ready to inform and transform their perspectives on domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking this legislative session. Your state legislators need to hear from you to make the best decisions they can – so call or send an e-mail as soon as you can. It is an easy and meaningful way to have our voices heard in Salem.

Find your legislators! Look them up online and simply click on their links for contact information: http://www.leg.state.or.us/findlegsltr/

Outreach Outline:

  • Who Are You: taking care of confidentiality measures, give them your name, address if you’re comfortable, and let them know you are a constituent who lives and/or works in their district.
  • What Is Happening: in their district and your community, local providers are struggling to keep up with the demand for services that domestic and sexual violence victims need to become survivors.
  • What Solves This: (use these words) “Please support the Alliance to End Violence Against Women and the 2013 Legislative Agenda, designed to improve survivors’ lives through safety, services and systems reform.”

Please find below a sample e-mail message and a variety of statistical bullet points. Do not be shy to personalize this message. Do you have an experience that you can safely share? The more unique and local, the more attention your note or call will get!

Sample E-mail Message:

Dear Senator (or Representative) LAST NAME,

[Insert: Who Are You]

Intimate partner violence is responsible for 25% of all homicides in Oregon. We can, and must, do something about this. Providing domestic violence victims with access to shelter, safety planning, and legal advocacy reduces re-assault by up to 70%, says a Johns Hopkins study. Access to services reduces homelessness, saves millions in medical costs, helps children succeed in school, adults stay in jobs, and breaks cycles of violence.

[Insert your personal story about advocacy saving/changing lives]

Current funding for services like these is less than half what our Departments of Justice and Human Services found necessary to meet core needs–in 2006. The demand for services has increased dramatically.

  • During 2011, there were more than 2 unmet shelter requests every hour, every day.
  • Without shelters families may return to violence before choosing to be homeless.
  • Shelters are already closing walk-in centers in Oregon from budget constraints.
  • Over 1 in 4 women (27%) in Oregon and 1 in 19 men (5.2%) in the United States reported having been raped at some point in their lifetime.
  • If you have a local statistic, you may want to use that.

Thank you for listening. I’d be pleased to be a resource for you this session and hope we can continue to build a relationship. Please learn more about the Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their 2013 Legislative Agenda, designed to improve survivors’ lives through safety, services and systems reform.

[add your name and safe physical mailing address]

 

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