Founded in 1973 by a group of women concerned about the prevalence of sexual assault in the community, the Portland Women’s Crisis Line (PWCL) was one of the first five sexual violence crisis lines in the United States. After more than 40 years of service as PWCL, we are excited to embrace a new identity as Call to Safety.
Our new identity better reflects who we are and what we do:
- We serve Portland and beyond, supporting callers and organizations across Oregon and Washington;
- Call to Safety supports individuals of all genders;
- Our 24/7 crisis line is just one of our core services along with our sexual assault services, follow-up advocacy, and community outreach and education.
Call to Safety is not just a social service agency – we were founded as a social change organization. Domestic and sexual violence are widespread. We are dedicated to supporting those who experience violence in empowering themselves while working to end the oppressions at the root of violence (like racism, sexism, transmisogyny, and ableism).