PROTECTION FROM ABUSE
About Protection From Abuse
To provide education, guidance, and protection to at-risk victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault.
To provide at-risk victims of abuse with the same level of care and protective services traditionally reserved only for the wealthy, or privileged.
WHO WE ARE:
The PROTECTION FROM ABUSE team brings over 150 years of combined threat assessment, risk mitigation, safety planning, protective
services, and law enforcement experience to bear upon our mission.
- Responsible Corporate Governance & Transparency
- We are committed to best practices non-profit corporate governance, transparency, and responsible stewardship of charitable funds. According to Charity Navigator, only 7 out of 10 charities evaluated spend at least 75% of their budget on the programs and services they exist to provide. We are committed to exceeding the 75% threshold. You can be confident when you donate to PROTECTION FROM ABUSE, your donations are actually used to assist those we serve. We exist to serve others, not ourselves.
- Victim Centered Advocacy
- We are a “victim-centered” service provider. Our advocacy focuses upon the needs and concerns of our clients to ensure the compassionate and sensitive delivery of services in a nonjudgmental manner. Our client’s wishes, safety, and well being take priority in all matters and services provided.
- We are an ethical organization and have adopted the Code of Professional Ethics for Victim Assistance Providers as adopted by the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). Our Board of Directors, Program Managers, volunteers, and community partners are subject to our ethics policy.
- Non-Discrimination & Inclusion
- We serve at-risk victims of abuse without regard to race/ethnicity, language, sex/gender, age, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, social class, economic status, education, marital status, religious affiliation, residency, or HIV status. We also prohibit in our workplace any unwelcome conduct, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based upon the individual’s protected status, such as gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual identity, age, disability, marital, veteran or other protected status. We also prohibit harassment on the basis of the protected status of an individual’s relatives, friends or associates. Harassment is prohibited at our offices and while employees are conducting business offsite. Our policy applies to all employees, volunteers, and community partners of our organization.
- Victims & Survivors
- We may use the terms “victim” and “survivor” interchangeably to refer to individuals who were subjected to domestic violence, human trafficking, or sexual assault. We believe both terms are critical; “victim” has legal implications within the criminal justice system, and “survivor” is a term widely attributable to those individuals who have overcome victimization, and their courage, fortitude, and resiliency that we celebrate. As a victim services provider, our use of the term “victim” is intended to be consistent with its meaning and use within our legal system, and is never intended to ignore the courageous journey of the survivors we honor. Survivors are represented among our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, Program Managers, and Volunteers.
- Our Calling
- Everyone at PROTECTION FROM ABUSE believes that freedom from the bondage of abuse is an inalienable human right and dignity. We regard protecting those in need to be humanity’s highest calling and obligation, and consider it a privilege to serve those in need.