At Stepping Stones, children are considered PRIMARY victims of abuse, even if they are not directly physically or sexually assaulted. Why? Because we know the affect witnessing abuse can have on a child. Our Children’s Advocate spends time working with all ages of children who come into our shelter providing support and helping them work on their own safety and emotional experience.

Adults in our programs take an anonymous survey upon exit to provide feedback. From Jan 1- Dec 31, 2020, those who participated shared:

  • 100% reported they have increased knowledge about violence, abuse, and neglect’s effects on their child’s life.
  • 100% reported their child has practical knowledge of how to use their safety plan.
  • 100% reported their child has acquired skills that will enable them to keep themselves safe.
  • 100% reported their child has improved emotional/behavioral status since arriving at Stepping Stones.