1 in every 6 woman in Canada are killed by their intimate partner. Women sometimes stay in abusive relationships because they are financially dependent on their partner. Over 1.22 million Canadian women live in poverty, along with their children. The Next Step’s interest-free microloans gives women experiencing domestic violence the freedom and confidence to say, “ENOUGH!”
The Next Step provides individuals, primarily women and their children experiencing domestic violence with a Hand Up not a handout. In partnership with 24 agencies across the Greater Toronto Area, the Next Step lifts women and their children out of domestic violence, into safe homes through our microfinancing program.
We provide more than financial security, we build resilience in women and children. Introducing them to training programs, employment opportunities, counselling services and other means required to live a budding life. We are breaking the cycle of violence against women. We are saving a life.