The mission of First Step is to eliminate both domestic and sexual violence and provide comprehensive services to individuals and families impacted by these crimes.
First Step works to reduce the incidence of domestic and sexual violence and to provide services to individuals affected by these crimes. Prevention of domestic and sexual violence through education, advocacy and appropriate intervention is the ultimate goal of First Step.
The work of First Step is based on the belief that domestic and sexual violence are damaging to those individuals directly involved and to society as a whole. It is criminal conduct which cannot be tolerated. All individuals shall be provided safety and must be treated with dignity and respect. Support shall focus on self-determination and empowerment. Diversity shall also be honored. Interventions that blame the survivor and do not hold the offender accountable for the battering and rape are ineffective and inappropriate.