At Here We Go Again, we’ve always sought out local organizations that benefit our community. Since April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we felt the timing was ideal to announce our new initiative. We’re beyond thrilled to announce a new partnership with Home Free, a domestic abuse, violence and sex trafficking intervention organization.
Soon, you’ll start to see a new tag on some garments, indicating that purchase of that item directly benefits Home Free. Specifically, we’ve created a dedicated account for items that women have consigned specifically to benefit Home Free’s intervention programs.
Volunteers of America has long had a program to help victims of domestic violence and abuse as well as sex trafficking. In 2003, they renamed their program “Home Free” to better focus on the positive impact of their assistance program, and to reflect the aim of their innovative mode. Their services are far-reaching: Emergency Services, Children’s Service, Transitional Services and Outreach.
Facts about Domestic Violence
- 1 in 7 women in Multnomah County, ages 18-64, are physically abused by their intimate partner each year.
- 21,000 children in Multnomah County are exposed to domestic violence each year. Domestic violence accounts for nearly 50% of violent crime in Portland.
- Domestic violence is nondiscriminatory—it affects people of every age, race, sexual orientation and income level.
- In Oregon, 48% of victims remain in an abusive home because they do not have a safe and affordable place to live.
- 38% of all domestic violence survivors become homeless at some point.
What is Domestic Violence?
Home Free defines it as: “The systematic use of emotional, physical, sexual, economic, or spiritual abuse tactics to gain and maintain power and control over an intimate partner.”
Women Helping Women
We’re proud that Here We Go Again is a woman-owned business. Consequently, we feel an obligation to help stop the cycle of violence, of which women are the predominant targets. You can help too-either by purchasing items that are identified with our special tag, or by specifying that your items be consigned on the Home Free account.
We have other ways we’ll be helping in the future too! Watch for a really great benefit event later this Spring ~ a $3.00 sale! We’ll have racks of clothes, all priced at ONLY $3.00, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit Home Free! If you’re not subscribed to our email to get notifications, sign up here. Or download our mobile app here to get event announcements right to your phone!
Our goal is to help all people live a life safe from domestic violence and abuse. We sincerely hope that you’ll join us in our quest to help Volunteers of America’s Home Free program.
Need help or know someone who does?
Please reach out, we can get you in touch with help. Or call Home Free directly at: 503.771.5503
Want to know more? Stop in the stores and ask us! Learn more about Home Free by clicking here.