Founded in 1973 by a handful of women concerned about the prevalence of sexual assault in the community, Call to Safety, formerly the Portland Women’s Crisis Line (PWCL), was one of the first five sexual violence crisis lines in the United States. Throughout the years they have expanded their programs that now include a 24/7 Crisis Line, Sexual Assault Program, Community Outreach & Education, and Sex Industry Outreach. Over the past 40 years they have become the central hub for resources and information for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Call to Safety primarily provides services to a five-county area including Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Clark, and Columbia counties and the toll-free number can be called from anywhere. Call to Safety is not just a social service agency; it was also founded as a social change organization. They believe that domestic and sexual violence are widespread in our society. Their purpose is to not only empower those who experience violence, but also to end the oppressions and violence which causes them to seek out our services. Visit Call to Safety to donate or to learn more about the ways they help the victims of domestic and sexual violence.