The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office helped raise awareness of the seriousness of family violence when District Attorney Rod Underhill and members of the Victim Advocate Program attended the Vigil for Domestic Violence Thursday, October 17, 2017 at the Gresham Arts Plaza. The Multnomah County Youth and Family Services Division, in conjunction with Representative Carla Piluso, Senator Laurie Monnes-Anderson and the City of Gresham sponsored the evening of understanding and remembrance. Survivors, family, friends, elected officials, law enforcement, victim advocates and community members participated in a showing of support and collaboration to help end the violence.
Purple Thursday and County Proclamation
On Thursday, October 19, 2017 members of the District Attorney’s Office attended the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners meeting where the commissioners issued a proclamation designating October 2017 as Domestic and Sexual Violence Awareness Month in Multnomah County. Members of the office also raised awareness of domestic violence by displaying or wearing purple. Dubbed “Purple Thursday,” the day was established to recognize victims and to support survivors of domestic violence.
11th Annual Judge Herrell Awards
District Attorney Rod Underhill and members of the Victim Advocate Program attended the annual Judge Herrell awards event that took place the evening of Thursday, October 19, 2017. The Judge Stephen B. Herrell Award for Outstanding Collaborative Efforts to End Family Violence was established by the Council to honor the memory of Judge Stephen B. Herrell. The award is given annually to individuals or groups who have carried out Judge Herrell’s work to improve the safety of survivors of domestic violence and their families in Multnomah County. This year’s recipients included Representative Tawna Sanchez, Oregon State Legislature and NAYA Family Center, Kim Hirota, Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, Parole & Probation and Esperanza Valencia, Impact NW.
Beginning the week of October 23, 2017, the Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services began offering applications for restraining orders under the Act to Prevent Abuse of Elderly Person and Persons with a Disability (EPPDAPA) through a satellite courtroom. This expanded service will allow victims another method to reach the courtroom without traveling to the courthouse. “Working collaboratively to serve those experiencing abuse is the right thing to do. The Gateway Center has a proven track record of effective restraining order facilitation, and we support the center opening its doors to this vulnerable population,” said Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill. The Gateway Center is home to multiple agencies dedicated to intervening and helping survivors recover from domestic violence.