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Next Step has one main goal: to put an end to domestic violence.

In October 2017, Next Step will light at least one purple light for each of the 1,000 people who typically use our services each year. The lights are meant to show survivors of domestic violence that they are not alone, and that they live in a community that is working to break the isolation of abuse. Two Tree Lighting Ceremonies will mark the end of the 2016-17 Shine a Light campaign and kick off of the 2017-18 campaign.

The ceremonies will be held simultaneously at Memorial Park ("The Gazebo") in Calais, Chase-Emerson Memorial Library Park in Deer Isle/Stonington, Machias Chamber of Commerce on Main Street in Machias, and Knowlton Park in Ellsworth on October 3, 2017, at 5:30pm. Next Step is proudly partnering with Darlings Auto Mall and Darlings Chevrolet in Ellsworth to launch the first of what will become an annual event.

This will be an Annual Event and is proudly partnered with Darlings Auto Mall and Darlings Chevrolet in Ellsworth, Maine.

If you're reading this, you probably...

  • Want to learn more about domestic violence
  • Have a friend or family member you're concerned about
  • Wonder if you're being abused
  • Know you're in a tough situation
  • Don't know what to do
  • All or some of the above
Learn how we can help
Signs of Abuse

Advocacy & Information

Next Step advocates will help and support you as you learn to navigate systems and access services like TANF, Child Welfare, secondary education programs, and community housing programs.

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Support Groups

Our free, weekly support groups provide all women a chance to talk about domestic violence and share questions, concerns, and experiences with others who are facing, or have been faced with similar situations.

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Transitional Housing

We also offer transitional housing, where we welcome families who need a place to live because they’ve left an abusive situation. You can stay in transitional housing, and participate in the programs we offer.

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Emergency Shelter

No matter how difficult your situation, it’s often hard to leave an abusive relationship for a lot of reasons.

If finding a safe place to live is one of those reasons, Next Step can help. Just call our hotline ­– 1 (800) 315-5579 – and we’ll talk to you about different options and resources, including our emergency shelter.

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Emergency Shelter Options