Domestic Violence “severe” in Florence area;  City of Florence; Long-Term Services and Support Scorecard

Domestic Violence “severe” in Florence area

The observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month began over the weekend in Florence when Siuslaw Outreach Services held a “silent march” through Old Town.  Most of the participants wore purple or purple ribbons as they silently walked from Veteran’s Memorial Park to the Boardwalk at one pm.  SOS Director Bob Teter addressed those gathered after the march with some sobering statistics.

The Oregon Law Center has reported that we have some of the most severe and horrific cases in the State of Oregon here in our area.  Since I’ve been at SOS the past 13 years we’ve dealt with five homicides as a result of domestic violence.”

The march was led by Florence Police, the Siuslaw Football team, and the Vikings Cheer squad.  SOS will host a reception Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 at their office on 12th Street to remember victims.  Teter will also be a guest on the October edition of Coast Radio’s Our Town.

City of Florence

There are no scheduled meetings for the city of Florence this week and only one planned city council meeting for the month on October 16th.  the Florence City Council will likely adopt the Transportation System Plan at that meeting after continuing their discussions from their previous meeting in September. Next week there will be one meeting that will be with the Environmental Management Advisory Committee at 4 pm on Wednesday the 11th.  October is also the final month for yard debris collection on the 21st.

Long-Term Services and Support Scorecard

Oregon ranks in the top ten in a recent analysis of long-term care systems across the country. The state comes in seventh on A-A-R-P’s Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard. That’s a drop from fourth in the last scorecard in 2020. Despite the drop, A-A-R-P Oregon state director Bandana Shrestha says the state is doing well in some areas.

“We are doing really well on one of the dimensions, which is support for family caregivers, and there are some policies in place that Oregon has, like the paid family leave law and the paid sick leave law which help that ranking that we’ve gotten.”

Oregon ranks fourth in the category of support for family caregivers. It struggled most in affordability and access, at number 25.