For generations, women have experienced personal, societal, and institutional abuse, discrimination, and oppression. Women often receive less education, have less access to information, earn less money and have less input into government and governance structures. Women are disadvantaged as a group and disempowered individually. The personal and social context of each woman’s life will influence, if not determine, the particular barriers and disadvantages she faces throughout her life. This world view is based on a sexist, or male supremist, perspective – i.e., a belief that men are superior to women. It promotes a pattern of male aggression and female submission.
Violence and abuse against women and children reflect and reinforce the power imbalance between men and women. It is an expression of women’s disadvantaged status and a coercive tool used to ensure its perpetuation.
Violence and abuse serves to control women and protect male power, as evidenced by the fact that the overwhelming majority of victims are women while offenders/perpetrators are most often, though not exclusively, men.
Yellow Brick House is committed to challenging and eradicating the beliefs, values, systems and structures which support and perpetuate sexism and violence against women. To this end, the organization, its Board of Directors, employees, and service volunteers shall:
Right now, and every single day, there are families rebuilding their lives under the roof of Yellow Brick House. They come from many different backgrounds, locations, and life stages, but they are united by their terrifying reality: leaving a dangerous – even deadly – home with the will to survive and the hope they will thrive.
The real story of Yellow Brick House is told through these families. It is about empowering women and children to rebuild their lives, giving voice to the untold stories of violence in our community, raising awareness about the need for change, and moving our community forward to end violence against women and children.