About Us

Our Beliefs

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  • We believe that violence against women is an equality issue.
  • We believe that violence is used to control women and children.
  • We believe that people in positions of power create society’s standards and stereotypes.  Individuals outside of these standards are often excluded.
  • We believe that violence against women is everywhere in society.  All of society is responsible for violence against women.  We are all responsible for ending violence against women.
  • We believe that violence against women will end when all women have the right to self-determination (the freedom to live and act as one chooses).
  • We believe that we must continually work to reduce barriers to:  education, housing, childcare, employment, healthcare, legal system.
  • We believe that women’s response to violence and abuse should not be criminalized and or pathologized (to view or characterize as psychologically abnormal).
  • We believe that the issue of violence must be addressed with an understanding of racism and oppression.
  • We believe different experiences and additional barriers exist in shelters, communities and institutions for aboriginal women, women of colour and poor women.
  • We believe that violence against women is a human rights violation and that perpetrators must be held accountable.