We recognise self-help as a skilled process, which leads to empowerment and personal development. Our staff will support you to take control of your life and make your own choices and decisions.
Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland believes that:
- Violence against women is a manifestation of unequal power relationships between women and men at all levels of society;
- Violence against women remains a historical and cultural feature of our society;
- The underlying cause of violence against women is the abuse of power and control by perpetrators;
- Domestic violence is one form of violence against women;
- Domestic violence is a violation of Article 5 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights – that “no one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”;
- Women are not passive victims of domestic violence. With support women have the capacity to cope with and survive the violence and abuse they experience;
- Children who are experiencing domestic violence benefit from a range of services and support, and some may need safeguarding from harm. Often, supporting a non-violent parent is the most effective way of promoting a child’s welfare.
- Women’s Aid Federation Northern Ireland is part of a worldwide feminist movement which is working for a better future in which equality of opportunity and real choice is available to all.
- Our work is rooted in the principles of enablement, self-help, mutual aid, inclusion, equality and collective action. We recognise self-help as a gradual process which enables and promotes personal development.
- All Women’s Aid services have been developed in response to the needs of women affected by domestic violence. By listening and responding to the needs of women, Women’s Aid has built up an expertise about violence and abuse.
- Women’s Aid recognises that domestic violence is a complex problem which requires effective and timely interventions by a range of agencies to protect and support women and children. Women’s Aid is committed to working collaboratively with all relevant agencies to develop improved, coordinated responses and services for women and children experiencing domestic violence.