Mission and Philosophy Statement

Mission

To lead statewide efforts to eliminate domestic and sexual violence in Michigan.

Philosophy

Domestic Violence is rooted in an antiquated, sexist social structure that produces profound inequities in the distribution of power and resources, in the roles and relationships between men, women, and children in families, and has devastating effects on victims, their children, and the entire society. It is criminal conduct that cannot be tolerated. A comprehensive community response to domestic violence through education, advocacy, and appropriate intervention is necessary to bring about change and end the violence. Battering stops only when assailants are held accountable for their abuse.

The Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board (MDSVPTB) shall promote the empowerment of survivors and seek social change to redress the existing power imbalance within violent relationships. To make informed decisions for themselves and their children, survivors need access to safety and information about domestic violence, available options, and community resources. The MDSVPTB is committed to treating survivors with dignity and respect and to providing them the support and advocacy necessary to realize their right to self-determination.