Peaceful Families,
Safe Communities

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

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      1.3 MILLION
      people 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)
    • 85%
      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 Offices

    Administrative and
    Survivor Services

    44567 Pinetree Drive
    Plymouth, MI 48170

    Karen Wilson
    Smithbauer Center

    4400 S. Venoy
    Wayne, MI 48184

    Lincoln Park
    Survivor Services
    1394 Cleophus Parkway
    Lincoln Park, MI 48146
    By appointment only

    Survivor Services

    2727 Second Ave.
    Suite 304
    Detroit, MI 48210
    By appointment only

    “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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