Crossroads Family Violence Service (CFVS) provides a diverse and responsive suite of services for women and women with children escaping family violence. These range from prevention to early intervention and crisis or high risk responses. Case management services, including outreach, are available to those living in their own homes. Our aim is to foster an environment which is non-discriminatory and emphasises a woman’s right to self-determination. It is our belief that all women and children have a right to live in the community without fear.
The following theoretical frameworks inform the practice base of the Crossroads Family Violence Service:
• Human Rights
The principles and direction of The Universal Declaration on Human Rights informs the practice of MAFVS, with the aim of supporting women and their children to uphold their human right to live free from violence, have adequate shelter, resources, guidance and opportunities to reach their potential and attain their goals. We work with women and children to build on their strengths and enhance their capacity to make informed decisions and exercise their right to self-determination without coercion and free from judgement.
• Feminist Analysis
Feminist analysis centres practice within structural feminist understandings of the causes of family violence and its impact on women and children. Societal constructs greatly influence the opportunities and experiences of women and children who experience family violence. A feminist analysis informs practice, which is aimed at reducing the powerlessness and alienation experienced, and to assist women and children to gain greater control over all aspects of their lives and their environment.
• Social Justice
Crossroads Family Violence Service adheres to the Social Justice Statement of The Salvation Army and believes that all people should be:
- Served without discrimination
- Treated with respect so that their dignity as individuals is preserved
- Recognised as people capable of making decisions and choices for their own lives.