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This year, Next Step Domestic Violence Project, “Next Step” marks 25 years of working to end domestic violence. Since 1993, we have been helping those experiencing intimate partner abuse, stalking, and dating violence in our community. We work in Downeast Maine staffing resource centers and outreach sites in Hancock and Washington counties. Our dedicated group of staff, board members, volunteers, donors, and community partners are committed to our mission.

Next Step offers a 24-hour hotline, safety planning, crisis counseling, appropriate resource referrals, advocacy with other systems, civil legal assistance, court accompaniment, support and education groups, emergency shelter, safe homes, and transitional housing.

People contact us through our hotline, office phone lines, or 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.

Our Mission

Next Step supports and empowers people affected by domestic violence, while striving to prevent and end the cycle of domestic violence through education and social change.

Our Vision Statement

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.

Annual Reports

October 2015 – September 2016