MCEDV was pleased to welcome Columba Bush on her July 9th visit to Maine. Mrs. Bush, a longtime supporter of domestic violence services, toured Family Crisis Services in Portland and discussed the statewide response to abuse in Maine.
Each year, nearly 50 percent of homicides in Maine are the result of domestic violence.
Changing that statistic is a top priority for MCEDV, and we support policy efforts that will help curb the number of domestic violence homicides. Recent initiatives include:
MCEDV co-chaired the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse task force on risk assessment in the management of domestic violence crimes, along with Violence Intervention Partnership Director Faye Luppi. The task force’s report informed the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety of the Maine Legislature's deliberations on LD 1711, introduced by Rep. Emily Cain. Maine passed legislation requiring that an evidence-based, validated risk assessment tool be used in the management of domestic violence criminal offenses and provided for a training pathway for law enforcement personnel. Final legislation was signed into law 5/21/2012.
MCEDV has been working on improving Maine’s response to strangulation assaults for several years. MCEDV chaired the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse task force on strangulation, which issued a report with recommendations for changes in statute, policy and practice. In addition, MCEDV conducted a statewide survey of strangulation victims to inform discussions on the impact of strangulation assault on women in Maine. Governor LePage included the recommended language on strangulation into his bill on improvements in the management of bail for domestic violence offenders (LD 1867, An Act to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence), sponsored by Rep. Emily Cain and signed into law April 17, 2012. For more information, visit the task force’s work site.