PNS Daily Newscast - February 28 2020 

Coronavirus updates from coast to coast; and safety-net programs face deep cuts by Trump administration.

2020Talks - February 28, 2020 

Tomorrow are the South Carolina primaries, and former VP Joe Biden leads in the poll, followed by winner of the first three contests, Sen. Bernie Sanders and businessman Tom Steyer. Some Republican South Carolinians may vote for Sanders because they want closed primaries.

When Valentine's Day is Anything But Romantic...

February 14, 2011

SALEM, Ore. - Valentine's Day is anything but romantic for victims of domestic violence - and in Oregon, their numbers are increasing. According to the "National Census of Domestic Violence Services," on a single day, Oregon providers served almost 2,000 domestic violence victims and answered more than 650 hotline calls. More than half the programs said they do not have enough money, staff or beds to meet the demand.

Sara Beth Brennan, victim service advocate at the Mid-Valley Women's Crisis Service, says the increase is partly the result of high-profile cases that have raised public awareness.

"We've seen 67 domestic-violence-related murders in the last two years, in Oregon alone. Individuals are realizing that they might be in a life-or-death situation, and more people are reaching out for help."

Brennan says the shelter where she works is full - and the women are staying longer, as the economy has made it more difficult to start over due to shortages of jobs and affordable housing. In the one-day survey, the shelters reported that almost 300 requests for assistance had to be turned down.

Domestic violence shelters and services are funded in part by the state, and their advocates are worried they will not be spared as the legislature considers budget cuts.

Kerry Naughton, crime survivors' program director with the Partnership for Safety and Justice, says the support makes all the difference in keeping a bad situation from getting worse.

"Providing victim services at the community level isn't just smart spending - it's the right thing to do. Research has found that access to services actually reduces re-assault by up to 70 percent."

Naughton says even if a shelter cannot accommodate a domestic violence victim, they will try to find other resources. The statewide hotline number is 1-888-235-5333.

The complete survey is available at

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR