Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Principles of Unity

The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence affirms the right of each person to live without fear or the threat of violence. We oppose the use of violence as a means of control. We recognize that oppression in the form of racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, imperialism, ageism, heterosexism, oppression of persons with disabilities and religious oppression, creates a climate of supremacy and ownership which enables domestic and sexual violence.

We recognize that religious beliefs and practices are matters of personal conscience and individual choice. Therefore, no member shall promote or discourage a particular religious belief in the course of her/his work. We believe that all women have the right to autonomy and self-determination regarding all sexual and reproductive matters, lifestyles, finances, education and employment.

We encourage the leadership of women in making policy and program decisions. We are accountable to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. To adhere to the Principles of Unity, each member of the coalition shall ensure that institutional forms of oppression are not perpetuated in policies, practices, services, staffing, and distribution of resources.