Release 71:  Effective October 1, 2013

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


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  1. Program intent

    The Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors (TA-DVS) program 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 to 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.

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

    • The domestic violence survivor and children are fleeing the abuser and need help to relocate to another state;

    • The domestic violence survivor is unable to pay rent as a result of domestic violence (examples: the survivor used all her available resources to move from the household held with the abuser and she cannot pay rent this month, or the abuser stole the money). In either case, TA-DVS would be used to stabilize her living situation so that she is less likely to be forced to return to the abuser's household;

    • The domestic violence survivor is in the process of fleeing domestic violence, is staying at a temporary shelter or is in a temporary living situation, and needs financial help to get into an apartment and set it up;

    • The domestic violence survivor wants to stay in her home and needs new locks to increase her safety;

    • The domestic violence survivor missed work due to the abuse and is unable to pay the rent;

    • The roommate has been physically abusive and the survivor and her partner want to leave the situation;

    • The domestic violence survivor has fled to Oregon from another state after a recent abusive situation and the person has concerns the abuser will follow or knows where she/he has moved to;

    • The domestic violence survivor needs to move because the abuser has located her;

    • The abuser was arrested. The case has not gone to trial. There has been no conviction and no jail release date has been set. Even though the abuser is in jail, the victim has no way of knowing how long he/she will be in jail. A potential safety risk still exists;

    • The abuser was arrested and convicted of domestic violence. He will be in jail for one year. The victim wanted to stay in her home. The abuser’s family has started making threats on behalf of the abuser saying that he was going to take care of her when he gets out. The victim is afraid for herself and her children and wants to move. A safety risk still exists;

    • The abuser has been in jail for five years and is being released. The victim is still living at the same address that he shared with the abuser. He is afraid the abuser will make good on threats he made prior to his arrest and incarceration. He wants to move to protect himself and his children.

    Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors Program: 461-135-1205
    TA-DVS; Who is Eligible for the Program?: 461-135-1215

  2. Program overview

    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 maybe a higher risk of further or future abuse.

      Definitions for Chapter 461: 461-001-0000

    2. The worker helps the victim to identify safety risks; refers them to community resources that may address those needs; if eligible, provides financial assistance and services to help the victim and the children remain free from abuse.
    3. Once the client is found eligible, an individualized case plan is developed with the client which includes activities that support the client's short- and long-term goals related to safety and stabilization from the abuse: a plan to address how future housing costs will be covered; financial planning around the needs for TA-DVS payments, as well as partner coordination and referral.

    Benefits; TA-DVS: 461-135-1230

  3. Other abusive situations

    TA-DVS cannot meet the needs of all victims of abuse. If an applicant does not appear to meet the TA-DVS eligibility criteria, consider the following options:

    • If the survivor does not have minor children, offer a referral to the local domestic violence service provider or Victims Assistance through the local district attorney’s office;

    • Survivors who do not have current safety issues and who are facing homelessness not as a result of domestic violence, should be offered a referral to local housing resources such as the Housing Stabilization Program through the local Community Action Agency or Program;

    • If the survivor decides not to leave the abusive situation and remains in the household with the abuser, offer a referral to the local DV service provider for safety planning. Do not issue a TA-DVS payment while the victim is living in the household with the abuser, but explain that the Department of Human Services (DHS) is a resource for her and that TA-DVS can be issued when the survivor is ready to leave. (If the survivor is currently with the abuser but intends to flee within the next 90 days, TA-DVS may be opened and a payment made when the client is ready to flee.)

    • A mother is being abused by her minor teenage son and the intent is for the child to remain in the home. Options might include a referral to counseling for the son; law enforcement or juvenile justice;

    • The client applies for TA-DVS because her roommate called her names and she wants to move. There has been no past abuse and the client does not feel it is likely to happen again: offer the client other housing options in the community;

    • The client was threatened or assaulted by a neighbor who is not related to her, not an intimate partner and not a household member. Offer a referral to the domestic violence service provider and/or law enforcement;

    • A client and her spouse are living with her parents. Her parents tell her they do not like how she disciplines her kids, or they want her to pay rent, or they want money back she borrowed. These circumstances alone would not constitute a safety risk, but if there are threats of violence or if there has been violence in the past and the client is afraid her parents will hurt her or her children, there could be a safety risk.

  4. Elder abuse

    For elder abuse or abuse of persons with disabilities refer to Adult Protective Services as required by mandatory reporting. If the person is pregnant or is a caretaker relative of a minor child, they might be eligible for TA-DVS if they fit all the other eligibility criteria.

  5. Child abuse

    If a child is abused refer to Child Welfare or Law Enforcement as outlined in child abuse mandatory reporting requirements. TA-DVS may be a resource in this situation if the abuser is a household member or family member and the situation other wise meets our definition of domestic violence. Child Welfare will assess whether or not the child’s safety is at risk. If there is a risk, they will develop a plan related to the child safety. Case planning with the nonabusive adult should take into consideration any requirements outlined by child welfare or the courts as part of their service planning.

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