Mission

The Barbra Schlifer Clinic offers legal representation, professional counselling and multilingual interpretation to women who have experienced violence. Our diverse, skilled and compassionate staff accompany women through personal and practical transformation, helping them to build lives free from violence.

We are a centre by, for and about women. We amplify women’s voices and cultivate their skills and resilience. Together with our donors and volunteers, we are active in changing the conditions that threaten women’s safety, dignity and equality.

Vision

We envision a world where all women

  • build lives free from violence
  • work together to create a more just world
  • live their own lives in respectful communities that provide meaning and belonging
We believe
  1. Violence against women means any act of violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering (including financial, structural, institutional or spiritual) to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.
  2. Violence against women happens in all cultures. It is based on abuse of power, results in inequality, and affects all relationships through the generations.
  3. Women in every culture in the world have ways of working together to stop violence, and our work will honour and value these diverse strengths.
  4. Respectful relations and positive social change are possible when women and men work toward them. Each woman who comes to the Clinic and each woman who contributes to the Clinic is participating in that change.
We Value

Feminism and Anti-Oppression

We root our work in the insights and achievements of feminism and women’s movements, including struggles against colonialism and racism:

Compassion and Self Awareness
We are committed to staying rooted in compassion, imagining the world from multiple perspectives

A Reflective Awareness of Power
We reflect on and learn from shifting power relations. We understand and acknowledge our own power and the change we invite in ourselves, the women we work with and the world we live in [inter-subjectivity of our journey both as and with women]

Community and Connection
We work in community and partnership with international movements to end violence against women, knowing that individual suffering is embedded in systems and structures we challenge [ourselves to change]

Autonomy and self-Determination
We respect and broaden women’s choices to determine their own paths according to their values, hopes and positive self-regard

Strategic Priorities
  1. Increase our effectiveness in undeserved communities through service evolution and innovation;
  2. Broaden our sphere of influence; and
  3. Strengthen our organization.