Stop Family Violence

DV child image Growing up in a violent family, Monica swore to herself that she’d never let the family she created become that way. She just wanted her son to have a happy childhood, but conflicts with her husband were escalating beyond her comfort level. With a second child on the way, she worried that it was too late to make a change. “If only I had a place where I could feel safe talking about my problems,” she thought, “then I could get my family the help it needs.” First Step is a safe place to bring concerns of family violence. We provide

Emergency Shelter Services

First Step offers emergency shelter accommodations for individuals who feel their safety is in jeopardy due to family violence. We provide shelter for up to 30 days with continuing assistance as needed. While in shelter, individuals and families have the opportunity to get their life back on track.

Advocacy Services

First Step will assist individuals in need of advocacy services with filing paperwork for protection orders and applying for victim's assistance. Advocates are also available to provide emotional support through court proceedings. First Step's advocates are registered with the State of Ohio.

First Step provides...

  • Individualized case management
  • Advocacy
  • Emergency shelter
  • 24/7 support phone line
  • Parenting and relationship classes
  • Women's Support Group