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First Step A Response To Domestic Violence Inc

Serving survivors of domestic violence from the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Tax ID 51-0243177


First Step believes that all people have the right to live without violence or the fear of violence.  We are outraged by violence in our society and the oppression it creates.  Our philosophy is one of empowerment through support and education.  We are committed to the elimination of physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and economic violence in our community.

Since 1979 First Step has been providing services to survivors of domestic violence.  First Step's services include:  24 hour crisis hotline, safety planning, emergency shelter, legal advocacy and court accompaniment, case management, budgeting and financial empowerment, children's homework and acitiviy groups and domestic violence support group.  First Step has trained employees onsite twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to assist survivors and their children. All of First Step's services are free of charge and confidential.

Through education, empowerment, and support First Step staff strives to assist survivors of domestic violence in breaking the cycle of violence.  We help survivors build their self-esteem, create new support systems and access available resources.  Through the services offered at First Step as well as through other community agencies we assist survivors in becoming financially and emotionally independent of their abusive partners.  First Step believes that each step a survivor takes away from an abusive relationship is a step towards independence, safety and stability.  We strive to help make this a reality for the survivors we serve.