What We Believe

DVIS Philosophy:

The philosophy of DVIS is that all people have the right to live free from domestic and sexual violence.

What We Believe:

  • People experiencing violence and/or abuse have the potential to control their own lives and can be helped in doing so through support, information and encouragement
  • DVIS has the responsibility of modeling behavior that is non-violent, using power responsibly for personal and organizational action and growth
  • All persons have the right to live without fear, abuse, oppression and violence
  • There should be equality in relationships and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking should be helped to assume power over their own lives
  • No one deserves to be victimized by assaultive or abusive behavior
  • Survivors should be treated with dignity and respect
  • All people involved in violent crimes are affected—victims, children, families, partners, friends, the community, and offenders
  • Offending is a choice, and offenders of domestic violence sexual assault and stalking are solely responsible for their behavior
  • Offenders must be held accountable for their behavior
  • A coordinated community response is the best approach to eliminating domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in Oklahoma

DVIS Core Values:

  • All of our interactions will reflect compassion
  • We will champion the needs of all affected by domestic violence and sexual assault
  • All of our interactions will reflect respect
  • Our strategy to prevent and, ultimately, eliminate the intergenerational cycle of violence
  • A basic human right; an essential element for recovery