About Mutual Ground
Mutual Ground is the safe place where people come together to break the cycle of domestic violence and sexual abuse. We are not just a shelter, we are a solution. Located in Aurora, Illinois, Mutual Ground serves the Greater Aurora area, Southern Kane and all of Kendall County.
To create a society free of domestic and sexual violence
To provide education, awareness, and life-changing services that empower individuals, families, and communities to end the cycle of domestic and sexual violence.
Our Core Values
The Core Values that guide our work are:
Our philosophy is to guide and not dictate. We empower our client with the education and support they need to make informed choices. We are good stewards of the financial support we receive and work hard to ensure that every dollar helps us provide comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Greater Aurora, Southern Kane and Kendall Counties.
We believe that:
- Every person has the right to a violence-free life—anything less is completely unacceptable in a civilized society.
- It is important to strive to create a community where violence is not tolerated or hidden regardless of social station or economic situation.
- Every individual in our community must become more aware of how to prevent, intervene and be less tolerant of domestic violence.
- Our society must hold individuals responsible for their abusive behavior and not look the other way no matter how uncomfortable an intervention will make us feel.
- Social change is necessary in preventing future crimes of domestic violence and sexual assault, as it is oftentimes a learned behavior that only flourishes when tolerated.
- The abuser perpetrates acts of control and power that the victim has not provoked, enjoyed or deserved—and myths to the contrary must be dispelled at all costs.
- The victim is not responsible or accountable for these crimes; hence all services are provided at no charge.
- Victims are often traumatized, suffer from low self-esteem and have limited access to resources. These factors working together keep them trapped in violent relationships.
- With safety, counseling, and supportive services, survivors of domestic violence heal, gain empowerment and decide to live free of violence.
- Violence can be a learned behavior, and equally important, intervention and treatment alternatives to abusive behavior also can be learned.
- Children from violent homes experience trauma, suffer psychologically, physically, emotionally and socially, and child witnesses should also be considered primary victims of domestic violence.
- Early intervention, prevention education, domestic violence education and community awareness can interrupt the intergenerational cycle of violence and reduce the social acceptance of domestic violence.
- More work must be done to increase community awareness by providing presentations to groups and organizations, professional programs for those in direct contact with victims and prevention/education programs for children in school.
- We must address domestic violence at the local, state, and national level. Legislative and institutional mandates and appropriate responses by police, prosecutors and judges are essential in eliminating domestic violence.
- We hold the above to be true and make a conscious effort to apply these principles to every interaction with every client—so the healing may begin.