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Principles of Unity

We believe that violence is a societal configuration and not an individual psychological dysfunction.

We concur that oppressions such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism contribute to the perpetuation of violence.

We commit ourselves to the work of building a non-profit coalition among domestic violence service providers by promoting communication, support, and networking that will ensure the availability of comprehensive quality services.

We advocate for social change at all levels.

We encourage the development of model programs within the member programs.

We support implementation of projects with regional focus.

We agree that a priority of resources shall be to ensure that victims of domestic violence, both within and without shelters, shall have access to adequate direct and preventive services.

We recommend that abusive partners be referred to adequate and appropriate programs.

We recognize the autonomy of local programs.

We agree that WVCADV and its member programs shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual identity, national origin, handicap, age, marital status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

We agree that WVCADV will participate in national and regional organizations committed to the prevention of violence against women.

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