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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 taking action to end domestic violence. We'll begin on October 25 with a tree lighting at Knowlton Park in Ellsworth at 6:15 pm. This tree lighting commemorates the thousands of people who have used our services over the years. From Knowlton Park we'll walk over to the Moore Center where we will have refreshments and hear a distinguished panel including survivors, our First Executive Director, our longest serving Executive Director, and a member of our first Board. Has community awareness and action around domestic abuse changed over the past 25 years? We’ll discuss. Bring your thoughts to this great event. And don't forget to check back for coming events in Washington and Hancock counties!

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
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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