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Abby's House and CASA: Working towards a safe campus

Aug 8, 2014

Abby's House

Providing a safe campus experience is the goal of the Campus Against Sexual Assault (CASA) project, a 3-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.  This collaboration between TRI, WOU and community partners works to provide a safe, respectful campus environment for all students, staff and faculty; expand assistance for victims of sexual assault; and to increase campus and community awareness and understanding.

A major component of this endeavor is support for Abby’s House Center for Women and Families, a resource and referral service located on the Western campus. Abby’s House currently has 18 trained advocates and 3 interns. In addition to educational programs and outreach presentations, students receive referral services for everything from child care, substance abuse, and sexual assault.  Overall, Abby’s house reached a total of 2,298 people in our community with some type of service in the past year.

In order to improve and expand the support offered, Abby’s House is currently working on an app designed to refer people to local resources and information regarding sexual violence.  The app will contain informative articles, contact information for local agencies that can provide help or further information, a map of these agencies, and information about Abby's House services specifically.  


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