Our Values

Wesnet embraces core guiding principles and values that shape the organisation and its work. 

〜 Intersectional Feminist Analysis

Wesnet is committed to and applies intersectional feminist analysis to reflect on how family violence is situated within gendered and structural oppression. 

〜 Gender Equality

Wesnet understands that domestic and family violence and abuse is gender-based violence and is a human rights issue. Freedom from violence is a critical obstacle to achieving substantive gender equality as well as to the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Gender inequality is a key driver of gender-based violence. 

 Children and Young People 

Wesnet recognises that children and young people are the subject of their own rights. 

 Feminist Organisation

Wesnet is a feminist organisation, promoting woman-centred practice. Women are experts in their own lives and women using services have the right to participate in planning and decision making. Wesnet fosters and encourages women's roles in management and leadership. 

〜 Working in Solidarity 

Wesnet acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia's first peoples and as the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land and water on which we live, work and play. We commit to working in solidarity. 

 Diversity and Multiculturalism 

Wesnet is intersectional, and celebrates diversity and multiculturalism. We understand that patterns of oppression - including patriarchy, ableism, colonialism, imperialism, homophobia and racism - impact uniquely on multiple identities. Wesnet works to ensure policies, programs and services serve and support all women and non-binary people. We do not tolerate discrimination. 

〜 Collaboratively and Collegiately

Wesnet works collaboratively and collegiately. Wesnet recognises that addressing gender-based violence and abuse takes a coordinated effort across all elements of the community including governments, NGOs, business, academia and individuals. 

〜 Evidence-Base

Wesnet works for an evidence base, and from the principle that perpetrators be held to account. 

 Climate Change Impact

Wesnet acknowledges the impact of climate change and climate change induced disasters globally, and particularly on the most marginalised women and children. We commit to taking action. 


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