The Next Step Domestic Violence Project, “Next Step”, has been working to end domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and dating violence in our community since 1993. We staff resource centers and outreach sites in Hancock and Washington County, Maine. We have a dedicated group of staff, board members, volunteers, donors, and community partners who are committed to our mission.
Next Step offers 24-hour hotline, crisis counseling, safety planning, emergency shelter, appropriate resource referrals, advocacy with other systems, civil legal assistance, court accompaniment, support and education groups, safe homes, and transitional housing.
People contact us through our hotline and office phone lines, and come to our resource centers and outreach sites to talk about their experiences and seek our help.
Next Step works to end violence in our community by supporting individuals affected by violence and abuse and increasing offender accountability.
The Next Step Domestic Violence Project supports and empowers people affected by domestic violence, while striving to prevent and end the cycle of domestic violence through education and social change.
We believe that every individual has a right to live in safety and without fear of abuse. We offer hope, love, and respect to ourselves, our clients, and our community in order to foster empowerment, personal dignity, equality and freedom. Through these values, we strive to change the world.