The mandate of the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres is to address the health, psycho-social, and forensic needs of people who are the victims/survivors of sexual violence and/or domestic violence in a prompt, professional and compassionate manner. 

Statement of Philosophy

The Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres is committed to operating from a feminist analysis of violence which recognizes the embedded social, cultural, and systemic imbalances within society that promote and maintain violence. As such, we recognize the importance of promoting choice, respect, and empowerment, while honouring differences. 


A unifying voice and catalyst for change in responding to the health, forensic, and psycho-social needs of those who have experienced sexual violence and/or domestic violence.


The Network supports hospital-based SA/DV Treatment Centres through advocacy, education, and research. 

Core Beliefs

We believe:

  1. All individuals have a right to a life free of violence

  2. Research shows that women are disproportionately affected by domestic and sexual violence. As such, we recognize that violence is gender-based, wide-spread, and a human rights violation. It reflects and reinforces inequities between men and women and compromises the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims/survivors.

  3. Sexual violence and domestic violence have long-term negative impacts on individuals, families and society. 

  4. Sexual violence and domestic violence are crimes and people who use violence against others need to be held accountable.

  5. Sexual violence and domestic violence must be addressed collectively by the health care, legal, social, and political systems.

  6. Everyone has the right to services to aid in their recovery.

  7. Services must be accessible and staff will be appropriately trained to provide care to all community members.

  8. Access to trauma informed and specialized services can mitigate harm and facilitate healing and post-traumatic growth. 

Principles of Service

Inclusion and Equity
Everyone has the right to effective, equitable and timely services.

Our services must be individualized, culturally appropriate, accessible, consistent, sensitive and nonjudgmental.

Informed Choice
Clients have the right to make informed choices when information is delivered in a timely, accessible and responsive way.

Professional development and ongoing education are key to delivering quality services by competent professionals.

Collaboration and networking encourages information exchange, reduces isolation and facilitates resource sharing.

Centres and professionals demonstrate accountability to both the people receiving our services and our funders through data collection, program evaluation, and delivering evidence-based quality services.

Trauma Informed care
Each service will provide trauma specialized services..