Reporting + Remedy Resources What if I or someone I know is in immediate danger? How can I report child abuse and/or neglect? What if I want to file a report about something illegal that I think is happening? What if I believe someone is a threat to the school? What should I do if I am experiencing bullying? What should I do if the school is not responsive? What do I do if I, or someone I know, is experiencing domestic violence? How do I file a complaint if I am in foster care? What is abuse?
What if I or someone I know is in immediate danger? If there is a crime or someone is experiencing or is in danger of experiencing harm, call 911.
How can I report child abuse and/or neglect? If you suspect a child is being abused call Portland’s Dedicated Child Welfare Hotline at 1-800-509-5439 (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
A child is anyone ages 0-17, or 20 and younger living in a CCA. Abuse and neglect reports can also be taken at 1-855-503-7233 (SAFE). If you think anyone is being hurt or is in danger, call 911.
What if I want to file a report about something illegal that I think is happening? If it is not an emergency but you think you may need the help of law enforcement, you can call the Tigard Police Departments non-emergency number to ask questions or file a report: 503-629-0111
What if I believe someone is a threat to the school? Contact the police department. If you are afraid to file a report, you can also report the tip to Oregon's anonymous hotline if someone has given you reason to believe they may be act as a threat to the school. Go here: www.safeoregon.com/report-a-tip/
What should I do if I am experiencing bullying? Contact your:
School counselor (Counseling secretary at 503-431-5422)
School principal (Andy Van Fleet at 503-431-5408)
School superintendent (Dr. Susan Rieki-Smith at 503-431-4000)
State Department of Education
What should I do if the school is not responsive? If the school is not adequately addressing harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or religion, you can contact:
School superintendent (Dr. Susan Rieki-Smith at 503-431-4000)
What do I do if I, or someone I know, is experiencing domestic violence? If you or someone know is experiencing domestic violence or are a survivor or domestic violence, please review this list of resources. These services are all free of cost. Bradley Angle provides LGBTQ-specific support and NAYA offers support for Indigenous/Native peoples.
Portland Women’s Crisis Line… 503-235-5333 24/7 support for domestic and sexual violence hotline. Medical advocacy for survivors of sexual assault. Gender, sexuality and Support groups.
DVRC Children’s Intervention Program… 180 Main St., Ste. 200, Hillsboro 503-640-5352… Crisis Line 503-469-8620 Open Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5pm, Friday 8:30am - 3pm. Closed for lunch 11:30 - 12:30… Support for children ages 5-17 who have witnessed or experienced domestic or dating violence. Protective order program and bilingual Spanish/English counseling in Hillsboro only.
YWCA of greater Portland… Yolanda Program helps survivors with landlords worried about minimal resources, informs survivors of their legal housing rights and, is sometimes able to connect them with pro bono legal services, helps with rapid re-housing and small eviction prevention grants for survivors in need of safe housing.
The Gateway Center… 10305 E Burnside St… 503-988-6400… After-hours crisis line503-235-5333… Open Monday - Friday 9am-4pm… Crisis, safety planning; Mult. Co. restraining order apps; legal assistance; support groups; parenting support; child/youth advocacy; interpretation; child care during drop-in hours.
Native American Youth and Family Center... (NAYA)... 5135 NE Columbia Blvd, Portland, OR 97218… 503-288-8177. Open Monday through Friday 9am - 6pm… Walk-in hours: 3-5pm. (Ages 13-24) Domestic violence prevention and services. Access to homeless youth services, including shelter and basic needs for young people. Tutoring and career skills development for Native-American youths.
Bradley Angle… 5432 N. Albina Ave… 503-232-1528… Offers services to help survivors with resources, referrals, safety planning, rent assistance, support groups, help explaining past evictions and more. LGBTQ-specific services available.
How do I file a complaint if I am in foster care? If your complaint is about child abuse or neglect, call the child welfare hotline at their 24/7 hotline: 503-731-3100 or 800-509-5439. The Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman is there to document complaints and provide information on how to help. The ombudsman is a neutral party with the Governor’s Advocacy Office and is independent of DHS. You can also file complaints with DHS managers and/or both.
To file a complaint with DHS, call your local office and ask for your caseworker’s supervisor or for the branch manager. To file a complaint with the ombudsman, you can:
Call Youth Empower and Safety at 1-855-840-6036 or Complete the Foster Care Ombudsman Complaint formand submit the form by email,fax to 503-378-6532 or mail to 500 Summer St. NE E-17, Salem, OR 97301.
What is abuse? There are many types of abuse: financial, psychological, emotional and physical. Neglect of children, people who are elderly and/or people who are disabled is also considered abuse. It is abusive when a person's actions injure, violate or endanger someone. Not all abuse occurs within a romantic relationship. Abusers can be caretakers, parents, or professionals.
Consent is also important to take into account when naming abuse. If someone violates your consent, such as intimately touching you without your permission, that is a form of sexual abuse. People who are intoxicated cannot give consent. Children cannot give consent. If you think you may have been assaulted but are unsure, you can also call the National Sexual Assault Hotline to discuss your experience at 1-800-656-4673.
Financial abuse is when one partner controls the finances of the other partner, this could be in the form of someone taking someone's SSI payments or someone's partner not allowing them to make decisions about what they will purchase with their income. Medical neglect is when someone denies or prevents a vulnerable person (child, disabled, etc) from receiving medical care (doctor, treatment, medication, etc).
Some toxic abuse tactics are covert and hard to explain. For instance, abusers can manipulate neutral parties into harassing you or your loved ones. An abuser might gaslight you by telling you your experience or feelings are “wrong” or “crazy.” They may also use online harassment or bullying and send you lots of unwanted messages, call you names or spread rumors about you. Some abusers will make friendships with the people you are most connected to scare and isolate you from loved ones.
If someone keeps sending you messages or harassing your online or by phone, this is called cyberbullying. If someone is coming to your home often without your consent, following you or stealing information from you, these actions can be considered stalking and are best reported to the police and to the school. If the stalking is happening due to a domestic violence or abuse issue, please see the below resources for getting help in getting away from this person and if you'd like, help filing a report.