Principle 8: No survivor should be forced to pursue a particular course of action if they prefer not to.

Survivors are always the ones in charge regarding any decisions concerning them. Care providers and support must endeavour to provide a survivor with all the relevant and available information there is, in order for the survivor to make an informed decision. No matter how much a particular approach may seem like the “best,” it cannot be imposed on a survivor. Highlighting particular courses of action as ideal would suffice, but decisions cannot be made on behalf of a survivor. Care providers and support must refrain from offering unsolicited advice based on the caregiver's own prior experience or ideological/moral beliefs.