On February 29, 2016, members of the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse presented a report to the legislature detailing the state of Batterers' Intervention Programs (BIPs) in Maine. The report is the result of LD 150, a legislative resolve to study the use of BIPs in both pre-trial and post-conviction cases in Maine.
In 1977, the Maine Coalition for Family Crisis Services was formed. Renamed the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence in 2001, the Coalition today is comprised of eight local domestic violence resource centers, which provide 24-hour services to people impacted by abuse in all corners of our state. MCEDV works closely with our member organizations and community partners to increase safety for people impacted by domestic violence, and to hold batterers accountable.
To create and encourage a social, political, and economic environment in which domestic violence no longer exists, and to ensure that all people affected by domestic abuse and violence are supported and that batterers are held accountable. MCEDV mobilizes and coordinates community action through a statewide network of domestic violence projects. Through these partnerships, we focus our resources on public policy, education, and systems advocacy.
The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence believes violence in intimate relationships is supported and encouraged by our culture. The use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control is manifested in sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-Semitism, able-bodyism, ageism, and other oppressions. All of our struggles against oppression are related.
Any person in an intimate relationship could be battered. Our individual and collective success in overcoming oppression depends upon working together toward changing individual and institutional behaviors and societal attitudes that allow the abuse of vulnerable people, primarily women and children.
We support equality in relationships and oppose the use of violence as a means of control over others. All people have the right to control their own lives. Support, information, and access to resources strengthen their control of their lives. In order to create a violence-free world, we must also recognize the needs of all children and include them in our struggle.