Mission The mission of First Step IS TO ELIMINATE BOTH DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE TO INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IMPACTED BY THESE CRIMES. AND TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE SERVICES you are not alone. First Step can help. Animals Receiving Kindness (ARK) LEARN MORE
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Zonta Steppin' Out in Style 2019
For the safety of our community, First Step's in-person 'You Are the Light Gala' is being reorganized to a live, virtual event. The event will be hosted the same evening: Friday, September 25th at 7:00p.

Though not how we originally anticipated it to be, we are really excited to share this night with you virtually. We know these times have been hard for everyone; our programs have been impacted as well. The Gala is First Step’s biggest fundraiser of the year, and we hope you can join us during our live event.

Sponsor-level donations will be recognized throughout the virtual program, and in place of tickets, we have a new ‘Give What You Can’ donation level. Anyone that donates at the sponsor level or ‘Give What You Can’ before the event will receive exclusive updates regarding online auction items, program speakers, and more. We are hoping those who were planning to attend our in-person event considers pre-registering and attending. You can pre-register here.

Things to look forward to:
• Survivor Speakers
• Online Auction
• Sponsorship Recognition
• Awards Ceremony
• Audience commentary via live chat room

You can watch the live event here!  You can access the online auction here!

Thank you for supporting First Step!

Peaceful Families,
Safe Communities

Since 1978, First Step has been working for peaceful families and safe communities in Wayne County, Michigan. First Step is the only non-profit agency in out-Wayne County providing comprehensive services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.

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FACTS ARE FACTS

  • AN ESTIMATED
    1.3 MILLION
    are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.

    Costs of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in the United States. 2003. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Centers for Injury Prevention and Control. Atlanta, GA.
  • 1 IN EVERY 4
    Women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

    Tjaden, Patricia & Thoennes, Nancy. National Institute of Justice and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, “Extent, Nature and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey,” (2000)
  • 0%
    of domestic violence
    victims are women.
    Bureau of Justice Statistics Crime Data Brief, Intimate Partner Violence, 1993-2001, February 2003
  • 1 IN 6 WOMEN
    1 IN 33 MEN have experienced an attempted or completed rape

    U.S. Department of Justice, “Prevalence, Incidence, and Consequences of Violence Against Women,” November 1998.

First Step Locations

Administrative and
Survivor Services
Plymouth

44567 Pinetree Drive
Plymouth, MI 48170
734.416.1111

Survivor Services
Karen Wilson
Smithbauer Center

4400 S. Venoy
Wayne, MI 48184
734.722.1772

Survivor Services
Lincoln Park

1394 Cleophus Parkway
Lincoln Park, MI 48146
313.383.2975

Survivor Services
Detroit

2727 Second Ave.
Suite 304
Detroit, MI 48210
734.656.0745

“Group has helped me feel less isolated and not alone.
I’m grateful also when I can offer hope to another survivor.”First Step Survivor
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