WHAT WE DO
WE ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THOSE AFFECTED BY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN CHITTENDEN COUNTY, VERMONT.
Our mission is to assist in the transition to a safe, independent life for all those who have been affected physically, sexually, emotionally, or economically by domestic abuse and to promote a culture that fosters justice, equity and safety.
Steps to End Domestic Violence was formed in 1974 as Women's House of Refuge, a group of volunteers who came together to provide safety and support to those experiencing domestic violence. Using their own homes to answer crisis calls and provide shelter, these women laid the foundation for the organization that exists today.
In 1980, our name changed to Women Helping Battered Women. We now provide a wide range of services through a staff of over 20 and a network of over 190 volunteers.
In order to be more inclusive to the broad range of people we serve and employ, we changed our name in 2016 to Steps to End Domestic Violence.
We are a prevention and advocacy organization dedicated to helping those who have experienced domestic violence achieve safety and independence. We offer a variety of services tailored to the individual needs and goals of each person we serve. Because they are designed to address the unique dynamics of intimate partner violence, our services are generally not appropriate for situations involving violence between roommates, household members or family members who are not intimate partners.
As is best practice with working with those who have experienced domestic violence, we operate using an empowerment model. This means that those accessing our services decide what actions they will take – we don’t mandate a particular process and all of our services are voluntary. This approach gives control to those using our services, with our staff providing support and guidance along the way.
We actively raise public awareness about the complex effects of domestic violence on individuals, children, and communities. We offer a wide variety of educational programming to schools, organizations, professionals, and community members. Our goal is to create a strong community response to domestic violence.
Calling our hotline, which operates 24 hours/day, 7 days/week is the first step to accessing services and support through Steps to End Domestic Violence.
Most recent IRS Form 900 also available on our Guidestar page.