We believe that:

  • Every person has the right to a violence-free life
  • It is important to strive to create a community where violence is not tolerated or hidden
  • Every individual in our community must become more aware of how to prevent, intervene and be less tolerant of domestic violence. Our society must hold individuals responsible for their abusive behavior
  • Social change is necessary in preventing future crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • The abuser perpetrates acts of control and power that the victim has not provoked, enjoyed or deserved
  • The victim is not responsible or accountable for these crimes; hence all services are provided at no charge.
  • Victims are traumatized, suffer from low self-esteem and have limited access to resources; all of which keep them trapped in violent relationships.
  • With safety, advocacy, and supportive services, survivors of domestic violence experience healing and empowerment, and decide for themselves to live free of violence
  • Violence can be a learned behavior. Through intervention and treatment, alternatives to abusive behavior also can be learned
  • Children from violent homes experience trauma, suffer psychologically, physically, emotionally and socially. Mutual Ground recognizes child witnesses as primary victims of domestic violence.
  • Early intervention, prevention education, domestic violence education, and community awareness can interrupt the inter-generational cycle of violence and reduce the social acceptance of domestic violence.
  • More work must be done to increase community awareness by providing presentations to groups and organizations, professional programs for those in direct contact with victims and prevention/education programs for children in school.
  • We must address domestic violence on a local, state, and national level. Legislative and institutional mandates and appropriate responses by police, prosecutors and judges are essential in eliminating domestic violence.