Statement of Purpose:
In keeping with our ‘Vision Statement’, the District of Parry Sound Violence Against Women Coordinating Committee through collaboration, leadership and action will work towards addressing intimate partner violence with intersectional, anti-oppressive, proactive and effective responses in the District of Parry Sound.
We will work to:
- Address and identify systemic and cultural factors that contribute to, and perpetuate, intimate partner violence using intersectional feminist, gender-based, anti-oppressive frameworks.
- Identify, de-construct, challenge and change cultural values and beliefs that contribute to, and/or perpetuate intimate partner violence. We aim to do this by, but not limited to, supporting members’ public education initiatives and education and training for our committee members.
- Strengthen cross-sectoral community partnerships in order to provide more accessible and effective services to persons who experience intimate partner violence.
- Identify and develop strategies for addressing barriers and gaps to services for persons who experience intimate partner violence in the District of Parry Sound.
- Acknowledge the Traditional territory on which we learn, work, live and we will aim to have our members reflect the diversity of our community.
Statment of Values and Beliefs
- All persons have the right to live free from intimate partner violence and experience safety in their homes and communities.
- Intimate partner violence is a social and community issue. The community must assume responsibility for the prevention, reduction and responses to intimate partner violence. We believe in a community that is engaged in ending intimate partner violence.
- In the equitable access to quality services, resources and justice for persons who experience intimate partner violence.
- In addressing intimate partner violence as a complex issue with many contributing factors – including, but not limited to, systemic, social/cultural, environmental and interpersonal factors.
- The process of disclosure if often difficult for survivors. In keeping with this understanding, we will make every effort to provide trauma-informed services.
- Survivors should be active participants in the development of responses and services for intimate partner violence.
- Abusers and/or perpetrators must be held accountable for their actions.
- No single organization has the ability to meet the many different needs of all survivors of intimate partner violence and their family members.
- In working in a manner that challenges all forms of oppression and fosters openness in identifying and responding to emerging issues and needs.
- In a diverse committee, that supports inclusiveness and full participation of all its members.
Updated January 2019