Principle 3: The personal agency of a survivor must be respected at all times.

That a survivor faced any form of violence does not take away the fact that they have the right to assert and exercise their personal agency. Survivors are always in charge of decisions that concern them and this must be respected. For example, they are the sole ones to have the final word on whether to press charges or pursue a legal case or to seek psychosocial support in a certain fashion. At all times, survivors have the authority to revise or retract decisions they make. Informed, free individual choice is a key driver of survivor action. Placing survivors at the center of any intervention affirms the fact that a survivor remains in charge at all times, and that their agency is neither reduced nor limited by the violence they faced.