Volunteer Training

Welcome to First Step: A Response to Domestic Violence!

We are pleased to welcome you as a new volunteer at First Step! Our organization has had a significant influence on the community in the area of domestic violence for over 30 years. As a social service agency, we are here to respond to a variety of human needs and conditions. You and your fellow volunteers will transform good ideas and dreams into reality, the reality of quality services for victims of domestic violence, their children, and their families. Welcome to our group!



About First Step: A Response to Domestic Violence

Mission, Vision and Values

Our mission

First Step: A Response to Domestic Violence empowers individuals through support, advocacy, and education. We are committed to the elimination of domestic violence in our community. 

Our vision

With the vision of helping survivors break the cycle of violence in their lives, First Step is dedicated to providing

  • a 24/hour crisis hotline
  • Planning for safety
  • Shelter
  • Support Group
  • Court accompaniment/legal advocacy
  • Financial empowerment
  • Children's support and advocacy
  • Referral

Milestones in History

Timeline Infographic

Domestic Violence 101

Defining Domestic Violence

Understanding Intimate Partner Violence

Why Do We Stay?

Children and Domestic Violence

Shelter Life

Don't You Need Rules?

Trauma Informed Services

Voluntary Services

What do I do if...

Stop, Drop, & Roll

Must Know Resources

Caring for Others Starts by Caring for YOURSELF!

Important Resources in Harrisonburg/Rockingham Co.