… interpersonal violence is the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others.
… societal oppression is the abuse of power, which systematically creates conditions that condone violent acts.
… that every human being has the right to be safe and free from violence.
… that the elimination of interpersonal and societal violence is most effectively advanced through networking and coalition building at the local, state, and national levels.
… societal change is achieved through community involvement and prevention efforts.
… that community engagement is intrinsic to the creation of a safe and just society.
… in individual self-determination, empowerment through support and education, and the right of all persons to live without fear of interpersonal violence regardless of race, gender, national origin, age, level of ability, religion or sexual orientation.