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.
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.