ETHOS AND VALUES
As a registered charity working from a women-centred perspective, SERICC believes that all forms of sexual violence are an abuse of power and that no woman or girl should ever be blamed for being abused.
By working to a feminist understanding of violence against women SERICC recognises the imbalance of power relations between men and women within society and works to promote substantive equality (see note below).
SERICC recognises that sexual violence is a cause and consequence of gender inequality. Gender based violence requires a gender specific, evidenced based response. Discrimination against women violates the principles of equality of rights and respect for human dignity.
SERICC believes that by providing dedicated space for women and girls is a form of challenging some of these structures which have historically discriminated against women and girls.
SERICC aims to encourage all women and girls to be involved in and to contribute to the direction and priorities of the organization. We aim to work in an inclusive and participatory manner and support and facilitate women and girls to be involved at all levels of policy and decision making. Women and girls are supported to speak in their own voices about their own experiences and reality.
SERICC acknowledges that particular groups of women are affected differently by the compounded effects of past and continuing inequalities based on gender, sexuality, disability, faith, age, ethnicity, economic situation and other status and pro-actively work towards making services available and accessible to all women.
Prevention of sexual violence is everyone's responsibility. The community has a responsibility to support survivors in their recovery and to work towards ending sexual violence. Survivors have the right to receive the support they need to cope and recover. The trauma of sexual violence can severely impact the quality of life for survivors and their families. Ensuring confidentiality and respecting the choices of survivors are top priorities. Recovery that results in long term enhanced quality of life takes time. The impacts of sexual violence permeate all of society. All survivors deserve access to specialist services. Sexual violence will continue until the root causes of violence against women and children are addressed. Working collaboratively with the community is essential to address the needs of survivors
SERICC uses a range of methods to raise awareness of both the general public and policy makers about the reality of sexual violence and the long term impacts. Recent initiatives include participation in research and contribution to various national and regional television and radio programmes and national and regional press.
SERICC contributes to, reports documents and consultations compiled by Government agencies and national/international organisations. SERICC regularly attends governmental roundtable expert forums and steering groups.
SERICC Service Quality Indicators:
- National approved Rape Crisis Centre meeting the Rape Crisis National Service Standards
- Anonymous service user telephone and 'one to one' feedback questionnaires
- Commitment to ongoing professional development and training
- Complaints Procedure
- Confidentiality Policy
- Diversity and Equality Policy
Note: Unlike ‘formal equality’ which is based on equality of opportunity and that everyone should be treated the same and given the same opportunities ‘substantive equality’ recognises the embedded structural nature of discrimination and addresses equality of results as well as equality of opportunity. It recognises that women and men may need to be treated differently in order to benefit equally.