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HEY — a way around the “comments” limit for my innate desire to deluge someone else’s blog with links to support my opinions.

This one came from a Dastardly Dads post:  The italics are her introductory comments on the article posted:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010

Supervised visitation center closes from lack of dedicated funding (Columbia County, Oregon)

This drives me freaking crazy, that a “women’s resource center” would be wasting precious fundraising dollars on such a stupid scheme. And now that the supervised visitation center is closing for lack of funding, they all act helpless. As if murders by abusive dads will automatically go up because there is nothing they can do, poor darlings. It doesn’t occur to any of these nitwits that these abuser dads don’t DESERVE visitation. Period. End of problem. 

The problems with the whole supervised visitation center concept are legion by now. By now, it should be more than apparent that this was one of those “bright new ideas” that should be consigned to the dustpan of history. Do you really think that a father–like the father of the murdered 10-year-old boy whose name was given to this center–should be “visiting” with his kids at all?

Logically, the answer is no, but we are dealing with the family law system whenever children are involved.  Let’s not forget the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass factor….  Common sense is not the operating system here….
If there is enough evidence to suggest that unsupervised visitation is dangerous, then why are we granting these criminals or would-be criminals supervised visitation?
We who?  I’m not recommending that, and most people aren’t.  Family Court judges are.  For why, keep reading my blog or others who report on WHY…

Even back in 2002, there was mounting evidence that these supervised visitation centers were financial boondoggles that were failing both the interests of abused children and the safety of domestic violence victims. See one report here: 

Here, FYI, is the same paper’s article on the murder-suicide.  Family Court Vets will recognize the pattern:  restraining order, shared custody ( unsupervised), OOPS!  Deaths.  One judge grants an RO, another one goes for the shared parenting ….

Hard questions persist in wake of murder-suicide

Mother of 10-year-old Shane Davis, who was killed by his father in a murder-suicide at the Oregon coast earlier this month, questions whether the courts could have done more to prevent the crime

BY DARRYL SWAN

The South County Spotlight, Apr 2, 2008

This is not a hard question for people who are paying attention to the courts.  A judge ignored the danger.  Access Visitation funding to Oregon existed, but didn’t apply as to this mother.  One judge granted a restraining order, another undid it.  Probably some politicking was involved in the case.  Then this story has a “oh, woe are we” spin because it was lack of funding — they needed a supervised visitation center.
No they didn’t.  They needed a better theology running through the family court system…

Also, Shannon and the father of three of her other children, Alex Lopez, said they believe a Columbia County judge did not weigh all of the case history before restoring full visitation rights to Shane’s father, Rockland Stephens.

“We don’t want anybody to have to go through the same thing,” Shannon said.

“We do believe it could have been prevented,” Lopez said.

At some point during the weekend of March 15-16, Stephens ran a hose from the exhaust of his 1978 Chevy van into the cab and fatally poisoned himself and Shane with carbon monoxide fumes.

And the family court judge responsible for that order tries to make excuses and offer condolences for a dead son, and then has the nerve to complain about lack of funding for supervised visitation centers!  These supervised visitation centers have been “outed” time and again as sources of slush funds and demonstration projects for the benefit of court-connected cronies.  I can’t speak for Oregon, but here’s California:

Hannah’s House Fiasco in San Diego County:

Supervised visitation monitors face little oversight

A local, outspoken critic of the family courts, however, said increased oversight and regulation will not help and that supervised visitation should be scrapped altogether except in cases of documented abuse.

Why even then?  Here’s the California Judicial Council Form to recommend Supervised Visitation (for example, to prevent abduction, or child abuse — just a little checkmark in a custody dispute,  I guess — someone threatened to kidnap, or kill…. No biggee….

SUPERVISED VISITATION ORDER Attachment to Child Custody and Visitation Order Attachment (form FL-341)

1. Evidence has been presented in support of a request that the contact of be supervised based upon allegations of abduction of child(ren) physical abuse drug abuse sexual abuse domestic violence alcohol abuse

Petitioner Respondent with the child(ren) neglect

other (specify): Petitioner Respondent disputes these allegations and the court reserves the findings on these issues pending further investigation and hearing or trial.

2. The court finds, under Family Code section 3100, that the best interest of the child(ren) requires that visitation by Petitioner Respondent must, until further order of the court, be limited to contact supervised by the person(s) set

forth in item 6 below pending further investigation and hearing or trial.

THE COURT MAKES THE FOLLOWING ORDERS 3. CHILD(REN) TO BE SUPERVISED

Child’s name Birth date

4. TYPE a. Supervised visitation b. Supervised exchange only

5. SUPERVISED VISITATION PROVIDER a. Professional (individual provider or supervised visitation center)

6. AUTHORIZED PROVIDER Name Address

Age Sex Therapeutic visitation Nonprofessional

Yeah, she points out little oversight:

Supervised visitation:
An Oversight-free environment

While judicial councils created the cottage industry known as “Supervised Visitation” they did not create oversight.

Thus, anyone completing one 40 hour domestic violence course, who hasn’t had a restraining order against them in over ten years, and who has a clean driving record, can become a supervised visitation monitor.

Currently the California Judicial Council has no plans to remedy this oversight.

Does your state mirror California?

Actually, Judicial Councils didn’t create this cottage industry, but Federal Grants certainly helped expand its opportunities….ACTUALLY (another murder, this one in North Carolina) showed me how neatly it’s explained on the NC Courts website.  Family COurts are a newer phenomenon out here, and haven’t gone underground yet as to the source of these programs:

The North Carolina Court System

Section Citizens

ACCESS VISITATION NORTH CAROLINA

The Access and Visitation Program is a resource for non-custodial parents to seek access to and visitation with their children. There are five access and visitation coordinators in six judicial districts that work directly with non-custodial parents who want to have visitation with their children but have limited or no contact with them. The coordinatorsassist non-custodial parents in removing barriers that prevent them from visiting their children.

The coordinators accept and actively seek referrals from child support enforcement courts, family court judges, child support enforcement agents, attorneys, human service providers and other sources. The access and visitation coordinators perform individual case management and work to develop and maintain an active presence in the community to inform the public, social service agencies and organizations about the services offered to parents by the Access and Visitation Program. The access and visitation coordinators also identify needed services that are not offered in the community and work with local agencies and organizations to seek funding and implement these additional services, such as mentoring programs for fathers and supervised visitation and exchange centers.

And their history.  They came from some (conservative, and fatherhood-initiated) legislation dating back to the Clinton Administration, inheriting some overflow from the times of Reagan.  This is about Welfare Reform — not safety!  It has little to do with criminal matters other than getting those Dads back in contact with their kids on the theory (supposedly) that it’ll stop poor female-headed houses from reproducing too many kids and going on welfare — by collecting child support.  (Well that sure backfired in the long run! )  The villain in this story is the female-headed household.  Or heck, even like Shannon Davis, a woman that went off and took in another husband, leaving biological Dad a loose cannon in society:

History

The Administration of Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services was authorized by Congress to fund State Child Access Initiatives in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. According to this Act, the Access Program was created:

“…to establish and administer programs to support and facilitate non-custodial parents’ access to and visitation of their children, by means of activities including mediation (both voluntary and mandatory), counseling, education, development of parenting plans, visitation enforcement (including monitoring, supervision and neutral drop-off and pickup), and development of guidelines for visitation and alternative custody arrangements…”

Ten million dollars is appropriated each year by Congress for these programs, with each state receiving a minimum of $100,000. States with larger populations are awarded an allotment according to a prescribed funding formula. By law, states are required to provide a minimum 10% match of the federal grant amount. This match requirement can be fulfilled via cash or in-kind contributions.

In 1996, state governors designated the state agency that would be responsible for administering the Access and Visitation Grant Program. To date, the majority of state access and visitation programs are managed by either the State Administrative Offices of the Court or State Child Support Enforcement Agencies. In NC, the Division of Social Services, Office of Court Based Programs, administers the federal grant. Currently, the NC Administrative Office of the Courts contracts with the Division of Social Services and receives a portion of the funds allocated to NC to maintain access and visitation programs in judicial districts where a unified family court has been established. Access and visitation coordinators are hired locally by the chief district court judge and work

Supervised Visitation (and mandatory mediation, parenting education, etc.) was the fatherhood’s answer to the battered women’s movement — which the people in this Oregon Women’s Resource Center apparently haven’t figured out yet?  In California, it’s real clear — Only THREE uses of these grants funds are authorized, at the state level:  This PDF (flowchart) shows the chain of authority, and the Center for Children, Families & The Courts (under Diane Nunn)

Recent structural changes in the state judicial branch have dramatically increased the AOC’s roles and responsibilities….

Center for Families, Children & the Courts

CFCC works to improve the quality of justice for—as well as services to meet the diverse needs of—families, youth, children, and self-represented litigants in the California courts. Diane Nunn, Director

Program Descriptions (LOTS of them, but first-up, Alphabetically at least is:)

The Center for Families, Children & the Courts is involved with many projects related to family, juvenile, child support, custody, visitation, and domestic violence law and procedure.Click on the title below to find out about a particular program.

Access to Visitation Grant Program

ANY COURT would like its funding — and California being one of the (if not THE) largest court systems in the country, we’re great for all kinds of demonstration initiatives.  The purpose of the Access/Visitation funding (which is significant) in our state is limited to 3 functions, and comes from this same source.  No Out-Come-Based judicial process (increased noncustodial access time) — no more goodies next year….

Overview
The Judicial Council is charged with administering and distributing California’s share of the federal Child Access and Visitation Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement. These grants, established under section 391 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Pub.L. 104–193, 110 Stat. 2258)—title III, section 469B of the Social Security Act—enable states to establish and administer programs that support and facilitate noncustodial parents’ access to and visitation with their children.

The congressional goal of the Child Access and Visitation Grant Program is to “remove barriers and increase opportunities for biological parents who are not living in the same household as their children to become more involved in their children lives.” Under the federal statute, Child Access and Visitation Grant funds may be used to support and facilitate noncustodial parents’ access to and visitation [with] their children by means of activities including mediation (both voluntary and mandatory), counseling, education, development of parenting plans, visitation enforcement (including monitoring, supervision and neutral drop-off and pick-up), and development of guidelines for visitation and alternative custody arrangements.

The use of the funds in California, however, is limited by state statute to three types of programs:

  • Supervised visitation and exchange services;
  • Education about protecting children during family disruption; and
  • Group counseling services for parents and children.

The primary goals of California’s Access to Visitation Grant Program are to enable parents and children to participate in supervised visitation, education, and group counseling programs

I could’ve used this, and so could’ve Shane’s mother — to prevent the exact types of events that happened in his case, and in mine (child-stealing on unmonitored overnight).  the key is that “noncustodial parent” means DAD (see NC example).  It doesn’t mean  “parent,” generic.  And moreover the funding centers tend to have conflicts of interest with the courts, and those referring people to them.

Aha.  And this is where “service promotion” starts to pre-empt “legal process” (note that Trial & Appellate Courts are an entire different division…)  And where these centers are being promoted:

“I think we ought to explode the myth of oversight,” said Bonnie Russell, 55, of Del Mar, who started the Web site www.familylawcourts.com during her own custody battle and believes more government involvement is not the answer. “There’s not enough budget for real oversight, but more importantly, there’s not enough interest.”

State adopts criteria

Superior Court judges generally order supervised visitation for noncustodial parents in divorces that involve allegations of substance abuse by parents, child abuse, domestic violence, parents “venting” to kids about their estranged spouses, or parents sending messages to each other through a child, said Superior Court Judge William Howatt, the supervising judge for the family court in San Diego County.

BACK TO OREGON, COLUMBIA COUNTY and SHANE (and his mother)…

“We have very little paid, supervised parenting time available to us,” said Columbia County Circuit Judge Steven B. Reed. “Most of the time that’s done by family, friends and relatives in this county. Almost always, in fact.”

Reed has been the subject of criticism following Shane’s death for his Jan. 22 modification of a restraining order that restored Stephens’ full visitation rights with Shane.

On March 20, Reed sent a letter to Shannon expressing his condolences for the loss of Shane. The letter, which was entered into the court record, reads: “I am writing to express my deepest condolences for your loss. I am devastated by this tragedy. I did not think any of us ever had any idea he would be so obsessively selfish as to harm your child

Here’s another account of this, more detail on the mother’s awareness of the trouble, and the judge’s dismissing her point of view, despite evidence to corroborate it (previous violations of existing court order):
(Warning — site graphics not too pretty — it’s called “The Weekly Vice” and local to the area…)

MARCH 23, 2008

 

Rockland Stephens – Dad Murders Own Son After Judges Increases His Parenting Time


Warrenton, Ore (The Weekly Vice) — Photos have been released in the case of the monster dad who took his son camping – in a plot to kill him. 

According to police, an arrest warrant had recently been issued for 49 year old Rockland Stephens, when they found the dead bodies of he and his 10 year old son Shane Davis inside his van at a state park campsite.

Clatsop County officials are investigating what they believe was a murder-suicide that occurred at the Fort Stevens State Park in Oregon. According to investigators, the father ran a hose from the tailpipe of the vehicle into the cab. While toxicology reports are still pending, investigators believe that the manner of death is consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning.

Police say that Stephens had taken custody of the boy for a weekend visitation. Officials were contacted however when the boy was never returned to his mother’s home in St. Helens.
Fort Stevens State Park officials became concerned when Stephen’s van remained at the site past the departure date he had previously set.
The PARK officials were more concerned about that kid than the Judge.  Moreover, the Mother was already concerned, but her opinion didn’t count — because it was family court!
Police were contacted and arrived to find the dead bodies of the man and his son.
You’d think police would get tired of counting dead bodies (particularly of men and sons) and start protesting to the judges who make these orders.  But they have their own concerns, and jobs to maintain, I suppose….
The Story Gets Worse 

Shannon Davis, the boys mother, had recently tried to obtained a restraining order against Stephens that cited concerns about Stephen’s conduct. Davis testified to Columbia County judge Steve Reed that Stephens had threatened to kill her. She also testified that Stephens had fled to Fiji in the past with another child in order to prevent her from taking custody.

The judge dismissed the complaint as a ‘he said, she said’ argument and instead increased the amount of visitation time Stephens would have with the boy. When the mother expressed to the judge that she was afraid the boy would be abducted, the judge told her that the FBI could track him down.

We heard of a case recently, in Texas, where a father involved in a shootout that killed two people and wounded four others, who grabbed his four-year old and RAN, and they STILL wouldn’t issue an Amber Alert.  Here’s an alleged killer running with his son — and mother left behind.  No Amber alert for you!

http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/local&id=7862566

HOUSTON (KTRK) – Holding on tightly to a picture of a missing child, a family asks why authorities won’t issue an Amber Alert for a little boy they say was taken by his father — a man charged with capital murder.

I really do not feel like researching the particular judge behind this decision, but I would infer that he’s probably part of the general system enforcing parenting orders, more noncustodial access, and what-not.  The pattern is fairly clear.  Report abuse or abduction (or threats to kill, or abduct), get a restraining order — go to family court — get order retracted or rewritten.  If no funding can be diverted to ac ourt-connected crony, then too bad — who givers a damn? On  the other hand, perhaps if the custody could just flat-out be given to the abuser, then the mother (or protective father) would certainly continue litigation (good for business, right?) and seek to get the lost children back, and safe.   If not, who gives a damn?  They are too poor to litigate and then should figure out how to get along with each other.

This news article spin doesn’t tell the SYSTEMS’s truth, naturally.  I feel sorry that more places don’t.

‘Shane’s Place’ closes from lack of dedicated funds
By Darryl Swan
The South County Spotlight, Dec 22, 2010, Updated 12.9 hours agoDespite Columbia County Women’s Resource Center fundraising successes this holiday season, the board for the domestic abuse prevention agency earlier this month canceled a program that provided a supervised location where parents who have a history of abuse could safely visit their children. 

The WRC in November 2009 started “Shane’s Place,” a name given after Shane Davis, the 10-year-old St. Helens boy who was killed in a murder-suicide by his father.

Davis’ case exposed a shortcoming in Columbia County regarding how separated parents who have a history of domestic abuse, either as the perpetrator or victim, share custody with a child.
Typically it is up to the parent with custody to establish a location where the other parent, restrained under court order, could meet with his or her children. In most cases a relative’s house is used. When conflicts arise, such as when no relative is available, there has been little alternative and the court-allowed visitations and exchanges have taken place without supervision.

The mainpoint of the post featured on Dastardly Dads was a poor WOman’s Resource Center running out of shelter funds.  Below here, I kind of scold them for not getting smarter — which might help more women — about how these things work.

Again, I was struck by a small nonprofit shelter’s struggles to stay afloat — and apparent ignorance of “whassup” in the field they supposedly specialize in.

It’s not possible, or logical, to treat the issue of domestic violence (which is criminal) without acknowledging how it’s been co-opted by the family law system everytime children are involved, which is often.

So, I wrote:

Dear DD. . . .

They were taking referral business from the circuit courts. Shame on them!

>>The absence of a dedicated funding source due largely to the flagging economy and a referral system that relied on participation from Columbia County Circuit Court judges proved too cumbersome to keep Shane’s Place going, said WRC Director Rachael Barry-Dame.<<

As Jack Straton, Ph.D. suggested — supervised visitation sends a mixed message to kids, plus it’s used to spank Moms that report violence anyhow. For example, see the Jannette Isaacs case…

http://scottmgordonhitler.wordpress.com/
(Several of her judges were presenters at an AFCC conference in 2008).

  • Anyhow, I remember Cora Anika Theill outrage in Oregon ?? and so I looked up HHS grants to Columbia County, Oregon:
  • These people need to learn about “Kids’ Turn” (receiving federal funding to the courts in CA, branch in Oregon, too),

(This guy graduated from Univ. of Oregon in 1991).

(Pushing Kids’ Turn). This affects women leaving violence…

  • I also remember the Oregon Family Institute….an AFCC outlet, practically

AFCC – OFI Stan Cohen Award

Oregon Family Institute decided to collaborate with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) to administer an annual award bearing the name of our organization’s founder, Stan Cohen.

AFCC is an international organization in which Stan had been active and influential, and which supports the work of courts in providing quality services to families in transition. For more information about AFCC, click here.

The award recognizes original, innovative work or research in the area of court-connected programs, services, or the families they serve.

Maybe this shelter group should get on-line and find out what’s up….


Here are HHS grants to Columbia County (all years):

State = OREGON
County = COLUMBIA
Summary = County
County Number of Awards Amount
COLUMBIA 99 $ 26,874,511

And this WRC group got a grand total of $20K, once.
I looked at the WRC Guidestar. It’s a small budget and almost entirely (it seems?) government grants. The Executive Director (per 2006, 2008 990s) only got about $32K per year, which is about 1/4th to 1/6th of what some nonprofits in the field of fatherhood, marriage promotion, etc. get. Or the coalitions that have elbowed out grassroots DV shelters in this world, in favor of “preventing” violence by training practitioners.

Award Actions
FY Award Number Budget Year
of Support Award Code Agency Action Issue Date
Amount This Action
2007 90IJ0845 1 0 ACF 08-10-2007 $ 20,116
Fiscal Year 2007 Total: $ 20,116
Total of all awards: $ 20,116

THEN

I searched Oregon’s DV funding from HHS (codes 93591 & 93592). These guys should figure out which way the wind is blowing, and contact thsoe who are getting some grants. For example, Elaine Phillips, Exec. Director of Womanspace, Inc. (several grants recipients from this group), and she’s going into Dispute Resolution… Also, Oregon Coalition for Domestic & Sexual Violence ($245K grants). Moreover, pay attention to the much larger marriage/fatherhood funding to Oregon and things that I could figure out as a DV survivor and custody-loss mom while unemployed & traumatized. Maybe they need to rethink their strategy and listen to some of us Moms talking about Whassup in the family law system.

The Oregon Group: CADSV: About Us

The Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1978. OCADSV is a feminist organization made up of programs across the state of Oregon, who serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Our undertaking has been to provide technical assistance, training, public education to local crisis centers and their communities; engage in systems advocacy; and support multi-disciplinary efforts to develop agency protocols. These activities promote recognition of sexual assault and domestic violence, enhance systemic responses to victims and their families, and support innovative approaches to ending domestic and sexual violence.

And their nonprofit resource page:

Here’s a link so they can check the fatherhood /marriage/access-visitation grants (select Oregon and those CFDA codes and a few fields for the columns — and you can see who’s outclassing whom. Check out Northwest Family Services, getting $1.1 million grants/year.

I agree with the supervised visitation centers — they are a compomise with the (IR)responsible fatherhood movement, and again, it has a history. This woman’s group should do their homework….

LINK:

http://taggs.hhs.gov/AdvancedSearchResults.cfm

And think about this story: http://bonshea.com/
There are many ways to help women.

Here are the Family Violence-related grants (From the U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services) to shelters — of course not only to shelters, but also to prevention and “discretionary.”  This is probably where the WRC center funding went (or possibly they were not that well managed — who knows?)

(sorry about the over-reach).  We can see that about 3 different organizations are getting the grants.  I’ll verify that two of them (Womanspace, Inc. and the Coalition) are linked to the Court sites as referrals:

Program Office Grantee Name City County Award Title Budget Year CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Award Activity Type Award Action Type Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
FYSB COMMUNITY WORKS MEDFORD JACKSON P.A. FV-01 (CA) FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES DISCRETIONARY FUNDS PROG 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES OTHER REVISION ARNIE GREEN $- 3,544
FYSB CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE WARM SPRINGS RES OF OREGON WARM SPRINGS JEFFERSON FAMILY VIOLENCE 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants OTHER NEW GLEN DUNSBERGER $ 47,649
FYSB OREGON COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE PORTLAND MULTNOMAH 2007 SDVC 1 93591 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Grant to State Domestic Violence Coalitions SOCIAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENT ( + OR – ) (DISCRETIONARY OR BLOCK AWARDS) $- 235,342
FYSB OREGON COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE PORTLAND MULTNOMAH 2008 SDVC 1 93591 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Grant to State Domestic Violence Coalitions SOCIAL SERVICES NEW $ 231,230
FYSB OREGON COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE PORTLAND MULTNOMAH 2009 SDVC 1 93591 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Grant to State Domestic Violence Coalitions SOCIAL SERVICES NEW $ 241,087
FYSB OREGON COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE PORTLAND MULTNOMAH 2010 SDVC 1 93591 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Grant to State Domestic Violence Coalitions SOCIAL SERVICES NEW $ 245,381
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/RUNAWAY YOUTH COLLABORATION 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants OTHER NEW SUSAN JEANNET $ 75,000
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE DV/RHY COLLABORATION ON THE PREVENTION OF ADOLESCENT DATING VIOLENCE 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NEW CHERYL O’NEILL $ 75,000
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE DV/RHY COLLABORATION ON THE PREVENTION OF ADOLESCENT DATING VIOLENCE 2 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHERYL O’NEILL $ 75,000
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE DV/RHY COLLABORATION ON THE PREVENTION OF ADOLESCENT DATING VIOLENCE 3 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHERYL O’NEILL $ 75,000
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants DEMONSTRATION NEW ELAINE PHILLIPS $ 130,000
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 2 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION ELAINE PHILLIPS $ 130,000
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 3 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION ELAINE PHILLIPS $ 95,648
OCS COMMUNITY WORKS MEDFORD JACKSON P.A. FV-01 (CA) FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES DISCRETIONARY FUNDS PROGRAM 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NEW ARNIE GREEN $ 35,000
OCS DESCHUTES COMMISSIONER ON CHILDREN & FAMILIES BEND DESCHUTES P.A. FV01-01 FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES DISCRETIONARY FUNDS PROGRAM 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NEW LAYNE HOOD $ 34,897
OCS OR ST DEPT OF HUMAN RESOURCES, ADULT & FAMILY SVCS DIV SALEM MARION FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION & SERVICES 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NEW CAROL KRAGER $ 75,000
OCS OR ST OFFICE FOR SERVICES TO CHILDREN & FAMILIES SALEM MARION FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION & SERVICES 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NEW BONNIE J BRAEUTIGAM $ 50,000
OCS OR ST OFFICE FOR SERVICES TO CHILDREN & FAMILIES SALEM MARION FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION & SERVICES 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES OTHER REVISION BONNIE J BRAEUTIGAM $- 50,954
Program Office Grantee Name City County Award Title Budget Year CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Award Activity Type Award Action Type Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
FYSB COMMUNITY WORKS MEDFORD JACKSON P.A. FV-01 (CA) FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES DISCRETIONARY FUNDS PROG 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES OTHER REVISION ARNIE GREEN $- 3,544
FYSB CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE WARM SPRINGS RES OF OREGON WARM SPRINGS JEFFERSON FAMILY VIOLENCE 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants OTHER NEW GLEN DUNSBERGER $ 47,649
FYSB OREGON COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE PORTLAND MULTNOMAH 2007 SDVC 1 93591 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Grant to State Domestic Violence Coalitions SOCIAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENT ( + OR – ) (DISCRETIONARY OR BLOCK AWARDS) $- 235,342
FYSB OREGON COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE PORTLAND MULTNOMAH 2008 SDVC 1 93591 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Grant to State Domestic Violence Coalitions SOCIAL SERVICES NEW $ 231,230
FYSB OREGON COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE PORTLAND MULTNOMAH 2009 SDVC 1 93591 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Grant to State Domestic Violence Coalitions SOCIAL SERVICES NEW $ 241,087
FYSB OREGON COALITION AGAINST DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE PORTLAND MULTNOMAH 2010 SDVC 1 93591 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Grant to State Domestic Violence Coalitions SOCIAL SERVICES NEW $ 245,381
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/RUNAWAY YOUTH COLLABORATION 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants OTHER NEW SUSAN JEANNET $ 75,000
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE DV/RHY COLLABORATION ON THE PREVENTION OF ADOLESCENT DATING VIOLENCE 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NEW CHERYL O’NEILL $ 75,000
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE DV/RHY COLLABORATION ON THE PREVENTION OF ADOLESCENT DATING VIOLENCE 2 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHERYL O’NEILL $ 75,000
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE DV/RHY COLLABORATION ON THE PREVENTION OF ADOLESCENT DATING VIOLENCE 3 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHERYL O’NEILL $ 75,000
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants DEMONSTRATION NEW ELAINE PHILLIPS $ 130,000
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 2 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION ELAINE PHILLIPS $ 130,000
FYSB WOMENSPACE, INC EUGENE LANE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 3 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants DEMONSTRATION NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION ELAINE PHILLIPS $ 95,648
OCS COMMUNITY WORKS MEDFORD JACKSON P.A. FV-01 (CA) FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES DISCRETIONARY FUNDS PROGRAM 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NEW ARNIE GREEN $ 35,000
OCS DESCHUTES COMMISSIONER ON CHILDREN & FAMILIES BEND DESCHUTES P.A. FV01-01 FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND SERVICES DISCRETIONARY FUNDS PROGRAM 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NEW LAYNE HOOD $ 34,897
OCS OR ST DEPT OF HUMAN RESOURCES, ADULT & FAMILY SVCS DIV SALEM MARION FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION & SERVICES 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NEW CAROL KRAGER $ 75,000
OCS OR ST OFFICE FOR SERVICES TO CHILDREN & FAMILIES SALEM MARION FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION & SERVICES 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES NEW BONNIE J BRAEUTIGAM $ 50,000
OCS OR ST OFFICE FOR SERVICES TO CHILDREN & FAMILIES SALEM MARION FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION & SERVICES 1 93592 Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women’s Shelters: Discretionary Grants SOCIAL SERVICES OTHER REVISION BONNIE J BRAEUTIGAM $- 50,954

Bonnie Braeutigam is evidently well-connected>  Here’s a 2007-2010 discussion of STOP-VAWA funding, both competitive and non-competitive — and how they want to require COLLABORATION to receive funding.  The Columbia County WRC is getting some funding here — but not much, and split among many groups.

Womanspace, Inc. Elaine Phillips (linkedin) shows an organizational background and working on a law degree on dispute resolution (on a masters, I mean) at U. Oregon.  ADR philosophy would be right in line with family court theory (and not recommended when DV is at issue — but so what?  Federal law has dictated otherwise, and you can see it in the Oregon court sites, too….).

She has an organizational background, and “111 connections.”  It appears she has got a good Exec Director salary, possibly based on experience and past track record in raising funding or running things, she’s an organizer.  No wonder this is getting funding.   I’m curious about the Family Connections and “Stand for Children” links near the bottom>:

Elaine Phillips

Elaine Phillips

Community and Regional Planning Master’s Candidate at University of Oregon

Eugene, Oregon Area

Current
Past
  • Development Director at Womenspace
  • Organizer at Stand for Children
  • Program Manager/Developer at Lane MicroBusiness

1 more…

Education
  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • University of Oregon
Connections
111 connections
Industry
Non-Profit Organization Management

Elaine Phillips’s Experience

  • Graduate Student

    Womenspace, Inc

    (Non-Profit Organization Management industry)

    September 2008 — Present(2 years 4 months)

    Studying Community and Regional Planning; interested in waste management–zero waste production, re-use, re-cycling; local community and economic development, environmental sustainability.

  • Community and Regional Planning Master’s Candidate

    University of Oregon

    (Architecture & Planning industry)

    September 2008 — Present(2 years 4 months)

  • Board Member

    NextStep Recycling

    (Non-Profit; Renewables & Environment industry)

    2008 — Present(2 years )

  • Development Director

    Womenspace

    (Non-Profit Organization Management industry)

    February 2005 — December 2008(3 years 11 months)

    grant writing, donor development, contract monitoring, event planning, newsletters and mailing, community liaison work

  • Organizer

    Stand for Children

    (Non-Profit; 11-50 employees; Political Organization industry)

    2004 — 2005(1 year )

  • Program Manager/Developer

    Lane MicroBusiness

    (Non-Profit; 1-10 employees; Professional Training & Coaching industry)

    October 1998 — January 2003(4 years 4 months)

    Supported and trained low-income business owners in gaining business skills and access to capital.

  • Child Care Specialist

    Lane Family Connections

    (Non-Profit Organization Management industry)

    1997 — 1998(1 year )

HERE IS that “WOMANSPACE”

Womanspace

Contact Information 

Phone: 800-281-2800
Email: info@enddv.com
Web:www.enddomesticviolence.com/

Office Address
111 E. 16th
Eugene, OR 97401
see map

Mailing Address
PO Box 50127
Eugene, OR 97405

Status

Active

Categories & Keywords

Categories
Women’s / Men’s Issues
Health / Consumer Protection
Social Services

Description & Mission Statement 

24 hour crisis/information phone line for victims of domestic violence. 15 bed emergency shelter for women and dependent children who are victims of domestic violence. Shelter residents are provided with information, advocacy, food and clothing, children’s services, and help with transportation. Community support groups; community education presentations, transitional programs.

Their website shows a history dating back to the 1970s, formed by DV survivor Moms, and eventually connecting with the Univeristy of Oregon, at Eugene.  (Worth a read).  I note the keyword “Mens’ issues” would help.

It looks to me like they are now in the process of “collaborating” and taking the funds that go along with this, which is how it goes in this field anymore:  There are ‘womanspace, inc.’s” in other states (including on the opposite coast).  The website is not complete yet, but this is from their history:

Womenspace, Inc.


We EmpowerHow They Did It

Not only was the shelter secret and run by women, it was also created entirely through the work of women through networking. Womenspace was organized through grass-roots networking; volunteers did everything from filing legal documents, to painting the first shelter house.

Lee Pettigrew and Nancy Barnes

started teaching a class at the U of O on domestic violence. Julie Aspinwall-Lamberts served on the Eugene Commission of the Rights of Women and worked as a liaison to the Commission representing Womenspace. The crisis line was switched, no longer at anyone’s home. The line was set up at the Wellsley Center at the U of O and answered by a growing number of volunteers. Meanwhile, fundraising, community education, and an increasing number of crisis calls demanded attention.

According to Mary Jeanne Jacobsen, “Eventually our work was organized through an evolution of what the likes and talents were of all involved. Some did the advocacy and the hotline; some were artistic and worked on the logo. I’m very structured and so I worked on the bylaws and vision statements.”

As such, I sincerely doubt they are going to address any factors such as the AFCC, and the fatherhood funding at this point.  Guess the rest of us spring chickens will have to do that (with what’s left of the spring in our steps)…..

I am wondering if they are going to be like so many of the DV organizations in California — you can call the 800# and get a referral to someone else who isn ‘t going to actually help, either.  Why?  The problems (for mothers) remain in the family law courts.  A nice website and a large grant doesn’t guarantee actual help, just better graphics on the website and some salaries for the people involved.

Resources

Resources coming soon.

See the dates?

About the Lane County Domestic Violence Council

The Lane County Domestic Violence Council (DVC), established in 1993, is a community collaborative effort to end domestic violence. Over 100 community leaders representing areas such as law enforcement, child welfare, state and local government, disabilities services, mental health, public education, survivors, various non-profits, and other human service professionals comprise this network that seeks to establish and maintain connections amongst professionals and consumers that promote a safe and healthy community that delivers the highest quality services to survivors of domestic violence.

More Info on the DVC:

Current projects of the DVC »
Members of the DVC »


Grant awarded to Womenspace
November 23rd, 2010

Womenspace was recently awarded a substantial $72,000 grant from the Oregon Attorney General’s office! Read more by clicking on the following links:

Story on KMTR »

Story on KEZI »

(Some guy was already on the first site (3 comments) complaining that women are just as violent… )

 

Written by Let's Get Honest

December 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm

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