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Putting a stop to domestic violence

During October, we observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month, joining with communities to talk about preventing domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence (IPV), and helping survivors to heal.

Domestic violence is far too common: 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience it. Consider also that 3 million children are exposed to domestic violence every year.

And, of course, domestic violence in one home has an impact that ripples through an entire community. That’s just one more reason why should all get actively involved in bringing it to an end.

Perhaps you know someone who could use some help. Resources are available locally:

Houlton Band of Maliseets Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program
532-6401 – Available 24/7 – or 532-3000

Penobscot Indian Nation Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline
631-4886 – Available 24/7 – or 817-7498

Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point Peaceful Relations
853-2613 or 853-0644 ext. 555 or 274

Spruce Run (Penobscot County)

The Next Step (Washington County)
1-800-604-8692 or 255-4785

Hope and Justice Project (Aroostook County)
1-800-439-2323 – Available 24/7 – or 764-2977

Statewide: Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV)
1-866-834-HELP (-4357) – Available 24/7

Other resources include:

The Facts on Violence Against American Indian/Alaskan Native Women from Futures Without Violence

Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence from the National Network to End Domestic Violence

What Does An Abusive Relationship Look Like? from the National Domestic Violence Hotline

Intimate Partner Violence section from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention