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The root cause of domestic violence is the abuse of power.

Domestic violence and anti-oppression work both understand that the root cause of violence is the abuse of power. We recognize the abuses of power inherent in the many forms of sexism, racism, homophobia, classism and ableism.  Ignorance of power imbalances can result in disempowerment and unintentional collusion with oppressive dynamics.  By using an anti-oppression framework in our organization, we cultivate an ongoing awareness of power and transform our anti-violence programs to reflect practices of respect, justice and peace.