Cornerstone is committed to delivering high-quality services grounded in research and best practice. When interacting with clients we embrace 6 key guiding principles and systems of thought. To enhance this commitment Cornerstone formalized these 5 frameworks and integrated them across the organization.


As an organization that serves a population where trauma is extremely prevalent, Cornerstone is committed to trauma-informed service delivery. Our trauma-informed framework is designed to ensure all areas of the organization, from programming to governance, incorporate our core trauma-informed principles.

Harm Reduction

Cornerstone is committed to providing evidence-based, supportive, non-judgmental services to all women impacted by domestic and/or gender violence. A harm reduction approach provides an evidence-based framework to guide staff interaction with clients who engage, or have engaged, in substance use.

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an empirically supported client-centred, strengths-based approach that allows staff to engage in meaningful, intentional helping relationships that create the best likelihood for positive change.

Client Centred

Cornerstone is committed to facilitating the development of strong, positive relationships between colleagues, clients, and community partners, that display mutual respect and understanding. Fostering a client-centered approach will ensure any individual interacting with the agency will be welcomed into a safe, comforting environment where they are treated fairly and empowered to make decisions about themselves and their experience.

The Comprehensive Continuous System of Care

The Comprehensive Continuous System of Care (CCISC) provides a framework that helps to guide staff interaction with clients and community partners based around creating a welcoming and helpful environment and ensuring consistency in service delivery.

Intimate Partner Violence

Cornerstone is committed to educating community members, staff, and clients on the topic of Intimate Partner Violence to increase awareness of the types of gender-based violence (coercive control (intimate partner terrorism), violent resistance, mutual violent control and situational couple violence), and the danger they pose to women within our community. Education and increased awareness of Intimate Partner Violence ensures women who need support are aware of their options with the hope that they have a violence free future. 

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