Domestic Violence Program

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What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic violence is the use of power and control within an intimate relationship that threatens a person’s well-being. The abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, and financial.

It can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion, or gender. It can happen to partners who are married, living together, or dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels. It can happen to friends, family, or co-workers.

It can happen to you.

You are not alone. Stepping Stone is here to help. Whether you need immediate shelter or help in accessing services, like housing, protection orders, etc., we are here to help you. Reach out to us at 219-879-4615. We offer a 24-hour crisis line staffed by our advocates.

Our staff will work 1-on-1 with victims and survivors of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or other related forms of victimization both in and out of shelter. Advocates are available to assist clients with various needs including,

  • Safety planning
  • Basic Needs (Food, Shelter, Clothing, etc.)
  • Advocacy
  • Assistance navigating the legal system (including protective orders)
  • Domestic violence education
  • Support
  • Help identifying options and resources
  • Parenting support/ child advocacy
  • Recognizing Healthy Relationships
  • Support Systems
  • Counseling
  • Life Skills Training (employment, education, budgeting, parenting, etc.)
  • Access to computer
  • Self-Care, Self-Esteem, and Assertiveness Skills
  • Coordination of services with other agencies

Non-Residential Services

In addition to the Stepping Stone Shelter program, we offer a nonresidential advocacy program for those that may not need to stay in our shelter. Our advocates provide services for you as you may need. You can be provided with the opportunity to come to the shelter and meet our staff in confidence and receive supportive services, as well.


Services can be provided in the county the client lives in and are free and confidential. Call (866-879-4615) for more information.