Sexual Violence Services – Sexual violence can include many types of crimes including rape, incest, sexual harassment, child molestation, marital rape, exposure and voyeurism. In most cases rapes are planned and premeditated. Rapists often times do not use a weapon in the commission of their crime, but they use threats to the victim of death or bodily injury if he/she resists. Offenders have many means at their disposal to intimidate victims. These include the use or threat of force, trickery, coercion, or bribery. Generally, the offender takes advantage of some power imbalance, such as age, size, strength, development, knowledge, status, in order to humiliate, dominate, violate and control the victim.
Court Advocacy – Court advocates are available to assist domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking survivors with filling out the paperwork needed to file a protective order. Advocates also offer support during the protective order hearing and safety planning. Advocates are also available to assist in applying for protective orders at the Okmulgee and Okfuskee County Courthouses. Court advocates are trained to help survivors with safety planning, finding available resources and getting them into the proper support group.
Support Groups – OCFRC offers six support groups weekly for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking (domestic violence, coping skills, life skills, career track, computers and parenting). In a support group, participants have the opportunity to meet other survivors of violence, share their stories of abuse and healing and listen to others’ experiences. Being part of a support group is a powerful way to decrease isolation, complete in-depth safety planning and learn techniques to break the cycle of violence. Participants are welcome to attend groups whether they are still involved in their abusive relationship or if they are no longer with their partner. All services are confidential and free of charge. To find out more about the OCFRC support groups or any of our other programs, please call our 24-hour Crisis & Information Line at (918) 756 2545.
Crisis & Information Line – OCFRC maintains a 24-hour crisis and information line answered by staff who are trained in crisis intervention. Each caller gets help developing a safety plan for themselves and their children. .
Community Outreach – OCFRC seeks to promote awareness about domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. OCFRC staff are available for presentations in schools, businesses and civic organizations. If you need a speaker for your church, office, civic organization or group gathering please contact us at 918 756 2549.
Home Studies – OCFRC provides detailed adoption home studies for private adoptions. Both pre-placement and supplemental (post-placement) assessments are available to meet the requirements of State Statutes.
You will be asked to provide family background information on all family members residing within the home. You will have to complete documentation as required and otherwise cooperate with OCFRC to enable them to collect sufficient information about your family from which to complete an evaluation. Personal references and copies of needed documents, such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, financial and tax records, military discharge, and any other items that might be needed. OCFRC will also complete a criminal background check on all members residing in the home. False and/or inaccurate information may be a basis for discontinuation of the home study process.
A Domestic Violence Protection Order is a civil order that can:
- Order the abuser not to hurt, harm or harass you
- Order the abuser not to contact you for any reason
- Give you temporary possession of your residence
- Order the abuser to stay away from your place of employment
You can get a Protection Order against?
- Anyone closely related to you
- Anyone with whom you live
- Anyone with whom you are or were previously in a dating relationship with
Who Qualifies for Protective Orders?
- Spouses, ex-spouses
- Present spouses of ex-spouses
- Parents, including grandparents, stepparents, adoptive parents, and foster parents
- Children, including grandchildren, stepchildren, adopted children, and foster children
- Persons otherwise related by blood or marriage
- Persons living in the same household or who formerly lived in the same household
- Persons who are the biological parents of the same children, regardless of their martial status
- Dating partners
- Past dating partners
CASA Advocate Training – OCFRC trains volunteers so they are well prepared for their role. If you are accepted into the program, you must undergo a 30-hour, state-mandated training which is normally offered two or three times a year. The training curriculum includes interviewing techniques, background on family law, substance abuse, child development and domestic violence topics, as well as other critical issues.
CASA In-Service Training – Each CASA Advocate must complete 12 hours of mandated in-service training per year.