Core Values

  • Safety is an individual right.
  • Shelter is a right.
  • Empowerment is at the heart of our program.
  • Women have a right to make decisions.
  • Women should be met "where they are."
  • Nonjudgmental responses are empowering.
  • Women and children are not responsible for the violence perpetrated against them.
  • Perpetrators should be held responsible for their use of violence.
  • Women should be treated as unique individuals with unique needs.
  • Women's decision-making occurs within the context of their lives, not our lives.
  • We should do no harm.
  • Women need information and skills to make decisions. 
  • We value women's ability and right to move through the process of change

  • Cofidentiality and privacy are important. 
  • We bring to our empathic relationships the common experience of being women in a patriarchal society.
  • We have an obligation to maintain professional boundaries.
  • We must care for ourselves so that we can do the work.
  • The women we serve are our most important teachers.
  • We tell the truth.
  • We educate others about violence against women and children.
  • We respect the people we serve.
  • We value diversity.
  • Our services are voluntary.
  • We believe victims.
  • Men should be encouraged to confront violence against women and children

Adopted: September 2011