Our Mission Statement
The mission statement of Waterside House is to support and empower women and their children experiencing domestic violence and to work towards eliminating the structures in society which give rise to and tolerate such violence.
We aim to achieve this by
- Providing temporary safe accommodation for women and their children experiencing emotional, physical, or sexual abuse within the home.
- Providing information and support to any woman who requires it.
- Providing a safe, non-threatening environment for children experiencing domestic violence in the home and supporting their developmental and emotional needs.
- Respecting the autonomy of each woman and her right to be involved in all decisions concerning her future.
- Raising awareness in wider society around the issue of domestic violence, its effects on women and children and its root cause.
- Providing a client centred service informed by the experiences and needs of women and children who use the service.
- Regularly reviewing and evaluating our interventions with women and their children to ensure we are providing them with the best possible service.
- Striving to ensure that the service we offer is non-discriminatory and culturally sensitive to all women using the service.
- Working with other agencies to highlight and challenge the inequalities which have a direct bearing on the lives of women and their children.
- We believe that domestic violence is a crime and an abuse of human rights.
- We endeavour to be non-judgemental and non-discriminatory at all times.
- We offer a confidential service, while recognising our obligation to prioritise the safety and welfare of women and children.
- We believe that for women to provide effective protection for their children, they themselves need to be protected and supported.
We operate from a gender analysis of domestic violence. We believe that structural inequalities of power between women and men in economic, social and cultural spheres are the broader context in which violence against women occurs and needs to be understood.