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

October 2018 kicks off a series of events to honor our 25th year of social change and service to survivors, beginning with a tree lighting at Knowlton Park in Ellsworth. We will then gather at the Moore Center for refreshments and a panel discussion with survivors, past directors and board members, and law enforcement. How has community awareness and action around domestic abuse changed over the past 25 years? Bring your thoughts to this great event. Check our Facebook page more events in Washington County.

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 a safe space to talk, share stories, and get encouragement from others who are facing – or who have faced – 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