Margo Batsie, MCEDV's Justice Systems Coordinator, was interviewed for a WLBZ news story on the recent statewide implementation of the ODARA. To view the story, click here or see below.
Below follows a summary of fiscal year 2013 data from MCED, our member resource centers, and some of our partners. Access a printable PDF here.
MCEDV is committed to ensuring safety for victims of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. MCEDV supports self-sufficiency for survivors and holds abusers accountable for their actions through coordinated community response. MCEDV provides services for adults, children, schools, businesses and communities affected by domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, for all counties in Maine including:
MCEDV (the coalition office) located in Augusta provides statewide public awareness, prevention education and training, technical assistance and advocacy including the voices of victims, providers, stakeholders and community members in policy planning.
Member resource centers provided 88,820 service contacts with 13,258 people affected by domestic abuse in 2013. 12,610 were adults and 648 were children. In addition to services at the resource centers, MCEDV domestic violence advocates placed in Maine Child Protective Services offices, served 560 survivors involved with CPS in the first six months of 2013 and provided 769 consultations for CPS caseworkers. Services included:
Member resource centers experienced an increase in requests for services and a decrease in funding during this year. Increased public awareness of the issue may be a factor increasing the demand for services. 835 requests for shelter were unmet due to lack of resources in 2013. Additional resources are necessary to respond to the survivors of violence asking for our help in finding safety and creating sustainable lives.
In addition to the core direct services, MCEDV resource centers provided prevention and education services for schools and communities.
MCEDV member domestic violence resource centers are funded by a range of federal, state, local and private donation sources, leveraging each source to create the seamless, full service, resource center model that is much greater than any of its parts.
MCEDV and its member resource centers are community based and community governed. Community Volunteers are a vital part of our organizations:
On just one day in September 2012, Maine domestic violence resource centers reported: