Value # 1: Survivor Focus and Integrity
DAVC recognizes the intersectionalities of identities within the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind communities, including DeafPlus; DeafDisabled; Deaf Black Indigenous Persons of Color; and Deaf Lesbian Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Allies (LGBTQIA) communities. The Coalition aims to promote inclusive and accessible services.
The rights of confidentiality, self-determination, respect, and dignity are upheld for all, while empowering survivors as active partners in leading violence-free lives.
Value #2: Collaboration and Community-Driven Solutions
DAVC is devoted to the elimination of power-based personal violence within Deaf communities. The Coalition believe that perpetrators of the violence are directly responsible for their actions and be must be held accountable. The Coalition encourages creative models of social justice through community organizing and participatory action to combat violence and oppression.
Value #3: Transformative Justice
DAVC recognizes the abuse of power in society that condones violence against Deaf; Hard of Hearing; DeafBlind; DeafPlus; DeafDisabled; Deaf Black Indigenous Persons of Color; and Deaf LGBTQIA communities. The Coalition strongly believe, in order for social justice to occur, it is necessary to eliminate personal, societal and institutional violence. In doing so, the Coalition actively works to eradicate the social conditions that perpetuate and condone violence such as: audism, ableism, sexism, racism, heterosexism, classism, and all other forms of oppression.
Value # 4:Cultural Competency and Community Engagement
DAVC recognizes that power-based personal violence and victimization have devastating effects on all Deaf victims/survivors, but that some face additional and unique barriers to safety. Examples include but not limited to:
Hard of Hearing
Deaf Black Indigenous Persons of Color
living in poverty
mental health issues
The Coalition believes the unique needs of these populations must be considered in the development, outreach, and delivery of victim services; and the cultural and intersectional experiences of Deaf victims/survivors must be in the forefront of our advocacy work at all times.
Value #5: Ethical Practices
DAVC supports these aforementioned values, not only through action but through organizational policies and practices as well. In doing so, the Coalition aims to promote transparency, collective leadership, integrity, and shared responsibilities to effectively address oppressive individual, societal, systematic, and institutional practices.
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