We are part of a worldwide feminist movement which is working for a better future in which equality of opportunity and real choice is available to all.
Our work is rooted in the principles of non-violence, self-help, best practice and working in partnership.
- violence against women is a manifestation of unequal power relationships between women and men at all levels of society
- violence against women remains a historical and cultural feature of our society
- the underlying cause of violence against women is the abuse of power and control by perpetrators
- domestic violence is one form of violence against women
- domestic violence is a violation of Article 5 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights – that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”
- women are not passive victims of domestic violence. With support women have the capacity to cope with and survive the violence and abuse they experience
- children who are experiencing domestic violence benefit from a range of services and support, and some may need safeguarding from harm. Often, supporting a non-violent parent is the most effective way of promoting a child’s welfare
Our work is directed by four guiding principles.