“For too long, LGBTQ victims have been pushed to the margins, both of our culture and of our response to abuse,” says MCEDV Executive Director Julia Colpitts. “The work to ensure safety and equality for LGBTQ people is not complete. However, that work can now continue with stronger footing, on firmer ground than ever before.”
MCEDV and Maine’s domestic violence resource centers have been actively working to engage men and boys in ending violence against women since 2010.
With the help of a Department of Justice grant and subsequent funding from the Verizon Foundation and the State of Maine, advocates have been working both on a statewide and local level to bring prevention messages specifically to boys and men.
The largest partnership has been with the University of Maine at their flagship campus in Orono. MCEDV has been a proud sponsor of Black Bear sports since 2010. This partnership has brought not only increased public awareness about domestic abuse on campus, but also a successful public awareness campaign featuring Black Bear athletes bringing messages about healthy relationships to the campus community and beyond.
MCEDV has also partnered with Futures Without Violence to bring their curriculum Coaching Boys Into Men to Maine. Coaching Boys Into Men is a coach-led curriculum for middle and high school male athletes. The goal is to give coaches the tools they need to communicate meaningfully with their players about respecting women and girls.