Who We Are
The Office of Family Safety (OFS) envisions a city, state, and world without violence where survivors are given hope, healing, and justice.
Because interpersonal and gender-based violence impacts every person in our community:
We must challenge the normalization and perpetration of violence by raising awareness, building hope for a better future, empowering survivors, and lifting up our partner agencies in this work.
True North is our belief that every human being deserves to live a life free from violence and full of dignity, respect, and safety.
Core Beliefs – We believe:
- Everyone deserves to live a life free from violence and full of dignity, respect, and safety.
- Interpersonal violence intersects with multiple other forms of oppression
- Interpersonal violence affects every life in our community
- Trauma impacts all areas of life in both individuals and the larger community
- Vicarious trauma impacts practitioners doing direct and indirect work
- Collaboration and teamwork in our office and with our partners is central to the success of our work
- We believe and advocate for survivors, recognizing that violence is never the fault of the survivor.
- Holding offenders accountable is critical to healing and justice for survivors.
- Inclusivity, diversity, and equality are central to healthy staff, empowering service provision for survivors, and collaborative partnerships.
- Empathy, compassion and empowerment are central to healing
Core Behavioral Values – Because of what we believe, we are compelled to:
- Address the root causes of interpersonal violence.
- Treat all survivors equally and with dignity and respect.
- Treat all staff and partners with the same dignity and respect we give our clients.
- Bring awareness to the community of these issues and where help can be found
- Empower, equip and educate survivors, partners, and our community.
- Provide survivors with choices and needed resources.
- Lead by example.
- Work collaboratively with survivors, staff, and professional partners.
- Ask questions and continue to learn from others.
- Practice self-care within our department and with our partners.
- Aim high in our vision and goals.
- Be patient with ourselves and in our work.
- Embrace change, growth, and innovation.