Our Mission and Philosophy
It is the mission of Caring Unlimited to work with the community to end domestic violence in York County. This includes providing support and safe haven to women, their children and men whose lives are affected by domestic abuse in a manner that honors their essential worth, nurtures their inherent strengths and respects their right of self-determination.
We, the Caring Unlimited Board, Staff and Volunteers, believe that people often use power in a coercive way to control or dominate others. This abuse of power violates the rights of others. The distribution of power and authority in our society particularly encourages the abuse and oppression of women and children.
We recognize that sexism, racism, age and class prejudice, homophobia, and able-bodyism are used to oppress others in the same way that acts of violence are used to oppress women and children.
Violence against women and children takes many forms--physical, verbal, sexual and emotional. Women and children are most frequently abused in their own homes, by members of their own families. Even women who are not direct targets of violence are affected, intimidated or limited by all violence against women and all members of society are harmed by the cultural acceptance of this violence.
Battered women have the ability and right to control their own lives, but may need support and information to make decisions not clouded by terror or coercion.
Providing battered women with support and information empowers us/them to reclaim our/their inherent personal power. Battered women are not responsible for the batterer's abusive behavior--the batterer is responsible.
Because violence against women is sanctioned by society, by many of our institutions and by the media, the batterer's behavior is encouraged. To prevent and eradicate violence against women and children, it is essential that societal behaviors and values be changed.
Our entire community must take responsibility for ending this violence. Social consequences, including strong legal penalties, are necessary to change the batterer's behavior. Our communities must make it clear that violence against women and children is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.