Historically, women and children have experienced systematic and institutionalized inequality in our society. We recognize that women and children are disadvantaged by our patriarchal society and because of this, are frequently victimized through violence. We recognize that violence against women and children is both an expression of their disadvantage and a coercive tool used to ensure its perpetuation. Three Oaks, as part of a comprehensive network of services for women and children who have been victimized by violence, provides safe shelter, advocacy, education, and nonjudgmental supportive counselling within a feminist perspective.
For the purpose of this mandate, feminism means recognizing the oppression of women and demonstrating a commitment to:
We are committed to the promotion of equality and the end of violence in our world.
To this end,
Three Oaks will:
1. Provide safe, accessible shelter and transitional housing to women and their children. We are committed to ensuring that our properties and services are physically, geographically, linguistically and financially accessible to all women.
2. Provide all services in a consistent and equitable manner, and to establish and maintain safe, healthy environments in our shelter, housing and counselling locations.
3. To empower women by:
4. Recognize the unique and special needs of children who have witnessed domestic violence against women.
5. Acknowledge and take responsibility for the privileges, cultural assumptions and biases we bring to our work; and to provide service in a way that is respectful of the many differences amongst us.
6. Work cooperatively with other agencies, organizations and individuals to demonstrate the relationship between domestic violence against women and other forms of oppression; and to effectively challenge all forms of oppression.
7. Provide services to women and children, regardless of their political, or religious beliefs, whether they identify as cisgender or transgender women, their ethnocultural background, ability or sexual orientation.