“I think part of what is so difficult, and has historically been so difficult, is for victims of domestic violence to communicate how afraid they are and how violent this person has been when no one’s watching....I think we have a tendency as a society as a whole to minimize this type of violence when we should be responding with a heightened level of concern...
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.