On Friday May 1st, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence is pleased to bring national experts Gael Strack, JD and Ralph Riviello, MD, to Maine for a day-long training called Addressing Strangulation: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach.
Abuse was considered a private household matter, something we shouldn’t talk about. And because we didn’t talk about it, victims went without help, and abusers went free of consequences.
Today there are civil and criminal penalties for abusers, and a network of supportive services for victims. There is widespread acceptance that abuse is wrong. There is also a growing understanding that the strain it puts on our social safety net hurts all of us.
Myths about domestic abuse abound. Victims are still frequently blamed for what someone else has done to them. Evolving technology presents both new challenges and opportunities for victims. And too many people still don’t understand the help and services that are available to them.
MCEDV and Maine’s domestic violence resource centers are committed to fostering a community-wide response to domestic abuse. We work at the state and local levels to help Mainers understand the issue by holding events and rallies, and implementing awareness campaigns. We provide presentations and trainings for a range of audiences, including college classes, rotary clubs, and faith communities; we can tailor our presentation to fit the unique needs of the audience.