The Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center, Inc. is dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and therefore is committed to the elimination of both personal and societal violence in the lives of women and their children.
Personal violence against women and children results from the use of force or threats to achieve and maintain control over others in intimate relationships. Because battered women are in a situational crisis caused by repeated violence, our program offers women the opportunity to regain control over their lives through finding safety, emotional support, and advocacy. We support the idea that women have the right and capability to make important decisions for themselves and that they have the right to establish a nonviolent living situation for themselves and their children.
Violence against women is also a result of societal abuses of power and control in the form of oppression based on differences, such as sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-semitism, able-bodiedism, ageism, etc. In addition to the societal endorsement for the personal violence against women and children, this abuse of power in the form of oppression fosters battering by perpetuating conditions which condone violence against women and children. Prevention starts with people changing their attitudes toward violence and women. Until society rejects its tolerance and acceptance of violence as a means of expressing anger and resolving conflicts, as well as gaining and maintaining coercive control over others, meaningful changes will not occur. Therefore, it is the work of this program to effect the major societal changes necessary to eliminate both personal and societal violence against all women and their children.
No one deserves to be beaten or physically threatened, no matter what the excuse. Society’s message to the abuser needs to be that, while it may be human to feel anger or experience conflict, it is inhumane to release those feelings by beating others. Power and control over another are not the yardstick by which we judge successful men or relationships. We are working toward a day when no segment ofour society will tolerate the use of violence against women and children. No woman is safe until we all are.
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