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
  2. 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:

    Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors Program Rule
    461-135-1205 — Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors Program

    TA-DVS; Who is Eligible for the Program? Rule
    461-135-1215 — TA-DVS; Who is Eligible for the Program?

  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 maybe a higher risk of further or future abuse.

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

    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 Rule
    461-135-1230 — Benefits; TA-DVS

  5. Other abusive situations
  6. 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:

  7. Elder abuse
  8. 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.

  9. Child abuse
  10. 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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