W.O.M.A.N, Inc. is a feminist organization. As feminism evolves, so does our organization. We work towards social justice and in doing so we are intentional about the values that drive our organization forward. W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s Cultural Praxis was created to guide the approach that we take in the work that we do. From our definition of domestic violence, to our choice of affiliated partners, to demonstrating administrative and financial transparency amongst all staff, to carrying an anti-oppression framework, the Cultural Praxis reminds us to be mindful of our structural background, and at the same time about the work we do to end domestic violence.
W.O.M.A.N., Inc. understands the complexities of domestic violence and as such, we highly value meeting survivors where they’re at. Survivors who connect with us are coming from different points in their healing process; some are still in their relationship, some have left, but regardless of where they’re at we support them all. We believe survivors, friends, and family deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, to be honored and valued. They are the “experts” of their situation. As a result of our philosophy, we value respecting survivors, providing accessible services, and helping survivors to be safer.
We also honor the diversity of survivors we serve, and believe it’s important to collaborate with various community members and groups. Our collaborations help us increase our capacity to better serve survivors and their family and friends.
In addition to how we approach the work, we are intentional about making W.O.M.A.N., Inc.’s environment supportive for all who walk through our doors. We want staff, board, and volunteers’ experiences and backgrounds to be valued and appreciated. We practice the values of creating a positive workplace environment, teamwork and consensus, accountability, direct communication, respectful use of power, transparency, anti-oppression, environmental practice, and self-care.