Formation of the Lane County Domestic Violence Council
In March 1993, as part of a national movement to form domestic violence councils, the State Justice Institute sponsored a national conference in San Francisco. All 50 states were represented at the conference. In August, 1993, following that historic event, the Hon. Wallace P. Carson, Jr., Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, called a statewide multi-disciplinary meeting to discuss the present state of Oregon’s response to family violence and to form a state-wide Oregon Domestic Violence Council. Participants recognized the need for a system wide approach to the problem of family violence, while knowing that effective change must also be implemented on the local level.
Two representatives of the Lane County community attended the statewide meeting, Jennifer Inman, Assistant Director at Womenspace, and Caroline Forell, Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. They returned enthusiastic about starting a local council in Lane County. Two organizational meetings were held, in September and October 1993, which were attended by representatives of a broad range of community agencies and organizations. At the second meeting, the following committees were formed to address the list of activities that had been generated for the Council:
• Education and Prevention Committee
• Criminal Justice System Committee
• Civil Justice System Committee
• Intervention Committee
• Steering Committee
These became the core committees of the Council. While these committees have changed over time, the committee structure is still essential to the success of the Council.