We at Middle Way House believe that acts of domestic violence and sexual assault, and our society’s tolerance of them, are expressions of deeply rooted sexism in our culture. Consequently, Middle Way House cannot hope to end violence against women and others without doing the hard work of changing the culture, addressing gaps in legislation and enforcement pertinent to crimes of violence within relationships, and demanding equity in our social and economic arrangements.
Therefore, Middle Way House will facilitate the participation of its staff members in community-based study and advocacy groups, commissions, councils, projects and activities designed to promote inclusion, equality, and a secure and peaceful community. In its internal operations, Middle Way House will strive to be a model of the transformation it envisions in the larger community.
Middle Way House believes that victims are never to blame for the harm that is done to them.
Therefore, Middle Way House staff and volunteers are non-judgmental in their interactions with victims/survivors.
Middle Way House believes that appropriate services for victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault can only be provided on a free and confidential basis.
Therefore, there will be no charge for services of any kind. Staff and volunteers will maintain information in the strictest confidence. Agreements between staff and clients to release information will be specific with regard to content, recipient, and duration as well as be easily rescinded. Staff will strive to minimize requests for information that are intrusive and irrelevant to health and safety.
Middle Way House believes that the decision to seek help and the very fact of survival are indicators of courage and strength.
Therefore, staff and volunteers work from a strengths-based perspective, helping those who seek Middle Way House’s assistance to identify, believe in, and use their abilities to meet the needs they have identified. Middle Way House staff and volunteers will not assume they know what is best for the women and men they are serving; they will provide the best information and resources they have to support women’s efforts to make informed decisions. Staff members will act to support individual women only as their support is requested.
Middle Way House believes that acts of violence in intimate relationships are about perpetrators’ need for/belief in their right to power and control over others.