Guiding Principles

picture two childrenPartnership

  • Principle 1: Establish transformational partnerships that shift power to communities.


  • Principle 2: Implement approaches that are responsive to the connection between family violence and other forms of oppression that impact people’s lives.


  • Principle 3: Capture stories and spread their impact using a wide-range of interpersonal, cultural, and research and evaluation approaches.


  • Principle 4: Build programs and systems that prioritize adult and child survivors’ interests equally to address their physical, spiritual, emotional, social and environmental safety.


  • Principle 5: Create a wide array of pathways to healing for all people impacted by violence powered by individual, family, and community relationships.

Valuing Lived Experience

  • Principle 6: Facilitate people’s ability to define their experiences and direct the trajectory of their lives.


  • Principle 7: Establish practices that hold people who use violence responsible, repair harm caused by people and systems, and change the conditions that perpetuate violence.