BROOKLYN - Victims of domestic violence are moving ahead with their lives thanks to the city's Supported Training and Employment Preparation Services (STEPS) Program.

The 12-week course is aimed at helping victims find ways out of negative relationships, while also teaching them important job skills. 

Participants from the inaugural class of the Brooklyn program graduated earlier today and say they're prepared to take on their dreams. 

"I'm going to continue on my culinary career," says one graduate. "Before I had a traumatic situation, I was in culinary school."

Some graduates will enter the workforce and others will go to school, but many say they will return to mentor future classes.