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Founded in 1977, Raphael House of Portland is a multi-faceted domestic violence agency dedicated to fighting the causes and effects of intimate partner violence in a variety of ways. We offer emergency shelter in a confidential location, support via a 24-hour housing access line, transitional housing and advocacy programs, and also work to bring an end to violence through community outreach and education.

We believe that everyone deserves to live a life free from violence. The mission of Raphael House is to engage our entire community in non-violent living through advocacy, education, and community outreach, and by providing a safe haven from domestic violence.


Raphael House of Portland believes that domestic violence is a pattern of coercive tactics that can include physical, psychological, sexual, economic, and emotional abuse, perpetrated by one person against an intimate partner, with the goal of establishing and maintaining power and control.

As we work to change these patterns of control and oppression, we embrace the following values:

  • Survivor-centered advocacy and decision making
  • Recognizing and adapting to an ever-changing spectrum of strengths and needs in ourselves and our program participants
  • Constantly striving to ensure safety and confidentiality for the survivors we serve and for our staff, volunteers, and supporters
  • Collaborating with survivors and our community to address a wide range of oppressive behaviors through social change

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