Stop Family Violence

First Step w sign2 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.


Through our Passages class, individuals can discuss relationship dynamics in a controlled environment and learn healthy ways to manage relationships. Passages is an eight-week course that takes place four times a year with morning and evening classes available to accommodate differing schedules. Previous Passages graduates have reported greater levels of self-confidence, increased self-awareness, and a better ability to communicate. Childcare is also available for Passages participants. We provide a nurturing, safe, and fun environment for children while Passages is taking place. Our loving and caring childcare staff listens to the children and provides them with space and respect while also facilitating games and activities. We are interested in childrens' opinions, thoughts, and ideas. Children will be able to express themselves and interact with each other through art, music, drama, and play.

First Step provides...

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