The Mattawa Women’s Resource Centre’s mission is to provide a safe and secure refuge for women who have been physically or emotionally assaulted, threatened or harassed, or otherwise in crisis through the implementation and maintenance of an anti-racist & anti-oppression service delivery. The Centre works for the prevention of violence against women and children.
- We believe that it is a basic human right of every woman to live with dignity and without fear of physical, sexual or emotional abuse
- It is everyone’s right to receive protection under the law, regardless of the relationship if the parties involved or where the crime occurs.
- Domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse are acts of violence, control and domination
- The acts of women abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault transcend all ages and abilities, class, racial and ethnic backgrounds
- A woman is not responsible for the violence or abuse against her regardless of the circumstances, reaction or resistance
- We recognize that male violence and abuse against women and children is rooted in our societal creation and toleration of power imbalance and socialization process which devalues women and children. in addition to sexism we acknowledge the effects of discrimination on individuals in our society on the basis of race, age, religion, class, sexual orientation, physical and mental abilities
- All survivors have a right to choices of treatment, support and to accessible and appropriate services. Because the responsibility for abuse lies not only with individual offenders but with society, services to empower those who have been abused should be a societal responsibility
- Our philosophy puts into practice the values of respect, empowerment and choice. This involves an integrated approach which includes responding to social, legal, ethno-cultural, interpersonal, familial and intrapsychic aspects of abuse
- While we can support the efforts of those who provide services for offender, those service must be provided by other agencies. Consultation services will be made available to offender-serving programs