Stepping Stones staff are called advocates. Advocates can help in a variety of ways.


24/7 Crisis + Support Line – In crisis or looking for information? Reach an advocate any time, day or night. Crisis line: 715.748.5140 or 866.343.5140

Safety Planning – Create a plan to keep you and/or your children safe. Safety plans can help you stay safe in a current relationship or help keep you safe after you have already left.

Individual Peer Counseling – Our staff are here to offer nonjudgmental emotional support. We can also help you create a plan to reach your self-identified goals.

Note: Stepping Stones, Inc. staff are not licensed counselors or mental health therapists.

Financial Classes – Free financial classes are offered on topics such as creating a household budget or savings plan.

Support Groups – Stepping Stones has an adult support group for individuals who have experienced domestic or sexual violence.

We also have an educational support group for teenagers – Teens Against Abusive Relationships (TAAR) Club. TAAR Club is open to anyone – victim or ally. TAAR Club meetings currently take place at the Medford Area Senior High building.

If you are interested in attending one of our support groups, please contact our office at 715.748.3795.

Community Referrals – Referrals available for a wide variety of programs and agencies in Taylor County (food pantries, counseling, clothing, employment agencies, housing, and more).

We can help clients obtain services from:

  • Law enforcement
  • Social service agencies
  • Legal services
  • Healthcare providers

Personal Advocacy – Assistance obtaining housing, employment, benefits (searching, applying, etc.)

Legal Advocacy – Advocates can offer general information about civil and criminal court procedures and attend court hearings with clients.

This includes family law issues (custody, visitation, support, divorce) and providing support to victims during a criminal case against the perpetrator.

We also assist with filing and obtaining Restraining Orders.

Medical Advocacy – Support while receiving medical care related to abuse/assault

Safe at Home Address Confidentiality program – Safe at Home is a statewide address confidentiality program that provides victims of actual or threatened domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual abuse, stalking, and trafficking, or those who simply fear for their physical safety with a legal substitute address to be used for both public and private purposes. Enrollment in Safe at Home allows participants to use and receive mail at an assigned address in lieu of their actual address. Safe at Home then forwards mail from the assigned address to participants’ actual addresses free of charge.

Community Awareness/Education

  • Stepping Stones services, dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, healthy relationships, and more.

Shelter Services – We provide emergency shelter for victims in immediate danger.

An Emergency Housing program is available to current residents of Taylor County.

Note: Stepping Stones, Inc. no longer has a communal (shared) shelter. We now provide new, alternative shelter/housing options to keep individuals and families safe.


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