IDVSA’s mission is to eliminate abuse and violence with social and economic justice as centering principles. To achieve our aspirational goal, we engage stakeholders in on-going collaborative decision-making, restorative practices, recognizing that our actions affect their lives.
IDVSA’s vision is for all people to live peaceful and prosperous lives in a world free from violence.
IDVSA Values and Principles
Our expressed values and beliefs ground the rigorous scientific approaches of our scholarship and research, education and training, and service.
VALUE 1: LEADERSHIP
We embrace our responsibility as equity-centered leaders committed to deliberate, thoughtful, and restorative discussions and recognize the importance of a shared space for aspirational vision and resistance.
VALUE 2: RESPONSIVENESS
We are reflective about the issues we study and understand that our moral, ethical, and legal responsibilities will evolve as we work for universal peace and prosperity as an entitlement.
PRINCIPLE 1: DISCOVERY
We are confident in our ability to build a body of scientific knowledge by asking relevant and innovative questions, utilizing preeminent scientific techniques and schema, and providing evidence-based, applicable, actionable recommendations for communities to shape and improve their existing services, programs, and policies.
PRINCIPLE 2: INTERSECTIONAL
We recognize the many salient identities: race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, religion/spirituality, nationality, and socioeconomic status. We treat each other with respect, particularly when relationships and dialogue are challenging; we honor each other as learners, particularly when an invitation to join is extended. We acknowledge that individuals and communities are unique and diverse, particularly in their perceptions, experiences, impact, access to power, and social (in)equality. We are committed to an evolving and adaptive intersectional lens, as we strive to remain responsive to the inherent complexity in our lives.