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"We need to wake people up to the attitudes and actions that continue to keep victims at risk and our cities, towns and cultural communities unsafe." ~ Paulo Pinto, MPA, Executive Director, MAPS - Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

Jane Doe Inc. Statement of Core Values

Safety:  We believe in the right to live free from violence and the fear of violence.

Empowerment and self-determination:We believe in the right to have control over one’s body, mind, and spirit.

Social Change:We believe in the power to affect broad social change through individual and collective action.

Equality:We believe in the equal political, economic, and social rights of all people.

Respect:We value respect as a guiding principle in all our work.

Diversity:We believe in the strength of diversity and embrace differences among ourselves and within our communities.

Survivors’ Healing and Leadership:We affirm the strength, healing capacity, and leadership of survivors.

Confidentiality:We affirm the right of every survivor to confidentiality in their communications with counselors and advocates.

Perpetrator Accountability:We believe that perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence should be held fully and solely accountable for their actions.

Systems Accountability:We believe that social systems and institutions should be held accountable for ending the conditions that foster domestic and sexual violence, and to honoring the rights of survivors to justice, safety, and healing.

Unity and Collaboration:We affirm the power of collective and collaborative efforts.

Growth:  We affirm the importance of personal, professional, and organizational growth.

Survivor-centered Services:We believe in the critical importance of a highly effective statewide coordinated network of survivor-centered community-based services for survivors and their children.

Legacy:  We believe in the importance of remembering the contributions of the movements to end battering, rape, and all sexual assault and domestic violence.


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