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SAIV in Portland, Oregon

A Collaborative Partnership – Working Together to End Intimate Violence

The Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence (a project of the Center for Partnership Studies) convened the first meeting of its Portland Metro SAIV Collaborative in January 2013 at Marylhurst University. Twenty-five leaders from a variety of faith, civic and non-profit groups whose work relates directly to the eradication of intimate violence were in attendance. All those present that day – and the twenty additional new participating leaders who have joined us since then, are in agreement about the following.

It is the spiritual challenge of humankind to transform society so that interpersonal violence in families and other relationships of trust is no longer tolerated. Crimes of violence against women and children are crimes against humanity. Dynamic collaboration and partnerships strengthen the work we do as individuals. We want to work “happier” as well as “smarter,” as the struggle to combat intimate violence can be exhausting. We want to find new approaches and new ways of looking at the problems and possible solutions. People of all creeds or none can find spiritual meaning in working for Peace. We come together quarterly for these reasons.

We hope that you will visit the websites of our amazing Portland partners. Be inspired by OAASIS, Sparks of Hope, Rahabʼs Sisters, Los Ninos Cuentan among others. Find a wealth of information at the Clackamas Womenʼs Services, OCADVSA, NAYA Family Serivces and other community organizationsʼ websites.

We hope to bring added media attention and new funding through collaborative grant-writing into their projects which are highly deserving of both. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

- Rhonda Case, Portland Liaison for SAIV

Some Interfaith projects have a long and effective history in national and regional contexts. The Center for Partnership Studies hopes through the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence to foster innovation and growing participation in communities in a wide range of settings. The initiative in Portland, Oregon models a mutually supportive collaboration that nurtures and enhances the work of local partnering organizations and agencies.

- Karen Hessel, Advisor to SAIV