Minnesota Program Development, Inc.

The Duluth Model

Minnesota Program Development, Inc. is a nonprofit agency that works towards the elimination of violence in the lives of women and their children. We recognize that women and children are vulnerable to violence because of their unequal social, economic, and political status in society. We also recognize that gender inequality is not the only form of inequality operating in the lives of women. All forms of institutionalized oppression, including racism, classism, heterosexism, and ageism increase the vulnerability of women to individual acts of violence and to institutionalized acts of violence. The mission or our agency is to focus our work on eliminating one form of violence that women experience-battering. It is also to work collaboratively with other progressive agencies or organizations that are seeking to reduce violence within our society.

Our agency recognizes the right of Native American people to self-determination in all aspects of community life. We are committed to the development of Native and non-Native programming in all areas of our work. We are committed to structure our agency to reflect our goal of creating a society based on egalitarian principals. We work in teams, make group decisions whenever possible, and recognize that equality embraces difference. We are committed to ensuring that all major decisions in the agency are referenced back to the goal of improving the lives of women who are battered and their children.

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