Project DOVE is a nonprofit organization that provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, teen dating violence and stalking in Malheur County. The mission of the organization is to break the cycle of domestic and sexual violence in our community through awareness, prevention, and intervention.
Project DOVE was founded in 1981 by Judge Patricia Sullivan, Jim Jones, and other concerned citizens. The original members were Vicki Fugate, Marla Gaarenstroom, Camilla Mallonee, Patricia Sully, Janelle Irving, Paula Becks, and Mary Lewis.
It wasn’t until after Lester Reger killed his wife, Simona Sutton, in 1984, that the effort gained momentum locally. Before Sutton’s death, Malheur County domestic violence victims and their children were housed in motel rooms and the agency was run by volunteers.
To pursue its mission, Project DOVE offers safe refuge and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence. The programs and services inform survivors of their options and support them in their choices. A cornerstone of the organization’s philosophy is respect for survivors’ rights including the right to decide whether to report to the police the crime or crimes committed against them. Project DOVE works with survivors of any race, economic status, disability, citizenship status, age or sexual orientation.
Project DOVE Services:
- Emergency shelter that can accommodate 10 families
- Emergency shelter is temporary refuge for victims and their family in immediate danger seeking safety
- Separate accommodations for male domestic violence victims
- Domestic violence classes for women with childcare provided during the class
- Kid Connection Group for children who have witnessed violence
- Domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy
- Safety planning
- Assistance in obtaining a restraining order and transportation to court
- Provide free notary service
- Restraining Order Drop Classes (as required by DA’s office to drop restraining order before 6 months)
- Facilitate safe exchanges between custodial and non-custodial parents
- Bilingual services
- Transitional housing for shelter clients transitioning into permanent housing
- Provide clothing at no cost to people in need and local agencies
- 24 hour crisis line
- Co-located advocate with the Department of Human Services