HAVEN is committed to examining our own policies and practices that have been consciously and unconsciously complicit in white supremacy. We have inherited a legacy of racism and we will take concrete and actionable steps to be part of the history that challenges and dismantles it.
i. We know that racism and other forms of oppression are real threats to the safety of our communities and see its connection to domestic and sexual violence and stalking.
ii. We acknowledge the need to examine who we might be leaving out through our practices and policies.
iii. We are committed to anti-racism, inclusion and diversity. Diverse staff are an asset and broaden perspectives, bringing better results. Diversity without anti-racism prioritization can lead to untenable work environments for People of Color.
iv. We see that ableism, homophobia and transphobia are connected to racism and sexual and domestic violence. Othering and objectifying people and the process of dehumanization precipitates violence.
v. Racism is entangled in the systems we work in, the communities we live in, and the places we inhabit.
vi. We know that good intent is not enough. Impact must be considered.
vii. We are committed to trainings, education and reflection so that we can truly reach our mission.
viii. We are committed to having ongoing discussions within our organization on how we can work to create safer spaces for our staff and clients we serve.