Principles of Action
Gender-Based and Intersectional Analysis:
We understand that intimate partner violence is a gendered issue. Women are most at risk for intimate partner violence. We also understand that sex is not the only social category that puts someone at greater risk for intimate partner violence. Social categories such as race, gender, sexual identity, class, immigration status etc. can increase a persons risk of intimate partner violence. In an effort to recognize the multiplicity and diversity of people’s experiences we aim to use intersectional analyses and approaches when developing responses to intimate partner violence. Therefore we understand that intimate partner violence is a complex issue that requires gender-based and intersectional analyses/frameworks to understand and develop effective responses.
Collaboration and Coordination:
We will work towards increased collaboration and coordination between service providers, representing a continuum of action towards a seamless network of support and services for persons who have experienced intimate partner violence and their families. It is our responsibility to understand and respect the mandates of the various organizations represented on the Committee, within and outside Committee activities. It is also our responsibility to hold our members accountable to the committee’s beliefs, values and mission.
Diversity and Inclusiveness:
We will work toward having representation from all sectors involved with, or working on behalf of, persons who have experienced intimate partner violence as this is needed to promote and enhance the Committee’s capacity and effectiveness. As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness we will acknowledge the impacts of sexism, racism, heterosexism, colonialism, and other oppression in our communities and in our committee.
Community Education and Awareness:
Awareness, education, and prevention initiatives represent a continuum of action towards the elimination of intimate partner violence. It is our responsibility to support our member’s public education programs and events that educate the community on intimate partner violence.
We will work towards creating a community that is educated, aware, and engaged in ending intimate partner violence. A healthy community also requires self-care and support for service providers working with, or on behalf of, survivors/victims of intimate partner violence. It is integral to the delivery of quality services; consequently, it is understood and expected that this Committee will support and promote self-care for all its members.
Updated January 2019