Hancock County Violent Offender Task Force Created

Sgt. David Winchester of the Bucksport Police Department is concerned about domestic violence. Specifically he questions the accountability of abusers who have been charged with a violent crime against their partner but have been released on bail. Are they abiding by the conditions mandated by the court to ensure they don’t harass or re-injure their…

Break the Silence Co-Ed Softball Tournament

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Wanna play ball for the Break The Silence CO-Ed tournament and help a great cause? Here’s how to register your team: Teams must have 10 players total and be Coed. Team Registration Fee is $150 Please have a team “captain” so we can easily contact them and they can contact all players Name your team……

Youth Leadership Program

Next Step Domestic Violence project is committed to engaging in a new approach to fostering mutually respectful and safe relationships among youth in Hancock and Washington Counties. Stephen Wessler, human rights educator and trainer www.stevewessler.com, offered to provide Next Step with mentorship for this preventative approach that is designed to reduce the risk of escalation…

Community Matters More Campaign

Bangor Savings Bank Foundation is donating $100,000 to Maine-based non-profit organizations throughout the State each year through their Community Matters More campaign. CMM is an opportunity for people in Maine to show their support for nonprofits doing important work in Maine. This year, the ballot includes three domestic violence organizations, resource centers that provide critical…

To the Bangor Daily News, published 12/31/14

In a column published in the Bangor Daily News Saturday/Sunday December 27-28, 2014 entitled “She Escaped Domestic Violence, But Now She Needs to Start Over in Maine”, the authors Sandy Butler and Luisa Deprez state that “Unlike many domestic violence shelters in Maine, Spruce Run doesn’t limit its clients to a 30-day stay. Plus the…

Annual Meeting 2014

On October 27, Next Step held the Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors and Volunteer Appreciation event. We combined these two important events for the first time, with the goal of bringing together two critical sets of people: our board of directors who provide organizational oversight and strategic vision, and our volunteers who provide…