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of the survivors we serve identify as people of color
1 in 3
staff members identify as LGBTQIA+
Who do we serve?
Raphael House proudly serves anyone impacted by domestic violence regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, disability, immigration status, primary language, or sexuality.
Multigenerational families with kids (and adults) of all ages are supported, and we welcome companion animals!
For more than 40 years, Raphael House of Portland has offered a safe haven to survivors of domestic violence, and we’ve worked tirelessly to enact social change and prevent violence in our community. Today we are more resolved than ever to continue this critical work.
We believe that everyone deserves a life free from violence, and are here for survivors of every age, race, gender identity, faith, sexual orientation, income level, ability, and national origin. Our commitment to equity and safety for all people is steadfast. With your help, we will keep working toward a future without domestic and sexual violence, where oppression in any form is not tolerated.
We are a member of McNeff’s Open Doors for Survivors with Disabilities, a collaboration working together to identify and create sustainable, systemic changes within our organizations. We are currently adapting policies and procedures to incorporate trauma-informed care and specifically look at ways to incorporate universal design and accessibility for people with disabilities.
In 2010 we formed our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility Committee to continually evaluate our practices, have tough conversations, create positive change, and to open the door to survivors that are not accessing our services. Additionally, we strive to create a safe and open work environment for staff and volunteers. Committee members are representative of all departments, tenures, and experience.
In 2016, we opened our shelter to male-identified survivors. Serving individuals of all gender identities reflects our belief that everyone deserves a life free from violence. This process began in 2010 and was directed by the IDEA Committee. Staff completed a series of trainings, met with local gender inclusive shelters to discuss best practices, and examined language used in our paperwork, outreach materials, and policies.
We continue to work toward practices and policies that fully reflect our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.