Promoting Domestic peace and safety
through advocacy, support, and
We believe that everyone has a basic human right to live
without violence. We will provide services to all victims of
domestic violence and sexual assault without prejudice with
regard to age, gender, ethnicity, religion, national origin,
color, sexual orientation, marital status, political belief,
mental or physical disability, or socioeconomic status.
We believe that domestic violence exist when any person in a
close personal or familial relationship intentionally controls
another through the use of force, threat of force, or behavior
destructive to the sense of self. We believe that abuse in all
of its forms-- physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and
economic--- is wrong.
Operating out of a model of empowerment, we believe that
every individual has the ability and right to make decisions
governing his or her own life. Because domestic violence can
deprive individuals of their sense of autonomy, we will provide
services in a way that respects individuals and their freedom
As an organization, we will adhere to healthy boundaries in our
work with clients, with other agencies and among staff. We
will communicate with clients, agencies and each other with
honesty, compassion and respect.
We believe that domestic violence and sexual assault moves
beyond the realm of individual relationships and reflects that
values of our society regarding violence and the role of women
and the family. In our work with individuals and the community
we will strive to effect change that eliminates violence and
empowers all people to live to their fullest potential.