ETHOS AND VALUES
SERICC believes that all forms of sexual violence and sexual abuse are an abuse of power.
By working to a feminist ethos and understanding of violence against women and girls, 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 violates the principles of equality of rights and respect for human dignity.
SERICC believes that by providing dedicated space for victims and survivors, and in particular dedicated spaces for women and girls, is a form of challenging some of these structures which have historically discriminated against women and girls.
Victims and survivors are supported to speak in their own voices about their own experiences and reality.
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 sexual violence 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 to benefit equally.