Release 88:  Effective January 1, 2018

Temporary Assistance For Domestic Violence Survivors Program (TA-DVS) -
A.   Program Intent and Overview


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  1. Program intent
  2. In 1997, the Oregon State Legislature passed HB 3112, now ORS 411.117, as Oregon’s response to the Wellstone/Murray Family Violence Amendment of the 1996 federal welfare reform law. The “Family Violence Option” provides an opportunity for states to certify standards and procedures to screen for and identify individuals impacted by domestic violence.

    The Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors (TA-DVS) program was created and is a TANF-funded program intended to provide temporary financial assistance and support to families affected by domestic violence during crisis or emergent situations when other resources are not available. TA-DVS is used to help the domestic violence survivor and the children address their safety concerns and stabilize their living situation, thus reducing the likelihood of the survivor returning to the abuser. The most common need for TA-DVS is when the domestic violence survivor flees the abuser.

    The worker’s role is to help determine eligibility for the TA-DVS Program, help the survivor to identify safety risks, refer them to domestic violence advocates and community resources that may address those needs and provide financial assistance to help the survivor and the children remain free from abuse.

    Once the survivor is found eligible, an individualized case plan is developed with the client that includes activities that support the client’s goals related to safety and stabilization from the abuse; a plan to address how future housing costs will be covered; financial planning around the need for TA-DVS payments; as well as partner coordination and referral.

    Some examples of situations where TA-DVS approvals and payments could be used to meet a survivor's need:

    Definitions for Chapter 461 Rule
    461-001-0000 — Definitions for Chapter 461

    Domestic violence; Specific Requirements Rule
    461-135-1200 — Domestic violence; specifi

  3. Program overview
  4. The TA-DVS program supports domestic violence survivors by providing temporary financial assistance to flee domestic violence (DV) and to help domestic violence survivors remain free of violence. To be eligible for TA-DVS, a survivor must have a current or future risk of domestic violence, meet eligibility guidelines, and the situation must fit into the following definition of domestic violence:

    1. Domestic violence is the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between family members, intimate partners, or household members:

      1. Attempting to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing physical injury or emotional, mental or verbal abuse;

      2. Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly placing another in fear of imminent serious physical injury;

      3. Committing sexual abuse in any degree as defined in Chapter 163 of the Oregon Revised Statutes;

      4. Using coercive or controlling behavior.

      5. As used in this section, "family members” and “household members" mean any of the following:

        1. Spouse;

        2. Former spouse;

        3. Individuals related by blood, marriage, or adoption;

        4. Individuals who are cohabitating or have cohabited with each other;

        5. Individuals who have been involved in a sexually intimate or dating relationship; or

        6. Unmarried parents of a child.

        A single or one-time instance of verbal abuse (e.g., name calling; cursing; putting a person down) or controlling behavior (e.g., telling a person what to do or how to do something) does not necessarily constitute a risk of further or future abuse. When there is a history of these behaviors or when the behaviors have escalated in frequency or type, or if the client is concerned that these behaviors will lead to physical abuse, there may be a higher risk of further or future abuse.

      Example 1: Soto and her children are living with two other individuals. Soto is in the office applying for TA-DVS. The worker asked Soto what has occurred to bring her in to the office. Soto explains that Jim, her landlord/roommate, has been informing her for the past few months that if she does not clean the house to his approval, he will not allow her to access the refrigerator for food, so she has been storing food away in her room. The reason she is in today, is that last week, Jim attacked her for not doing his laundry and she is scared of what he may do in the future. The worker determines that Jim is a household member and the situation Soto is describing meets the TA-DVS policy on domestic violence.

      Example 2: Desiree is in the office applying for TA-DVS. She informs her intake worker that recently her neighbor Angie has been harassing her. Desiree states that Angie is crazy and accusing her of weird things. Desiree does not feel safe and would like to move. The worker confirms with Desiree that she has never lived with Angie, they are not relatives and they are not intimate or past intimate partners. The worker explains to Angie that even though her situation does sound unsafe and scary, her situation does not meet TA-DVS policy. The worker denies Desiree’s request but offers her the opportunity to speak with co-located advocate and offers resources in the community.

      Definitions for Chapter 461 Rule
      461-001-0000 — Definitions for Chapter 461

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