October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and domestic violence resource centers throughout Maine will be hosting events and campaigns in their communities. Don't miss this chance to show your support for ending violence and abuse!
Please see below for a list of what will be happening throughout the state in October (and the end of September!). Some events may require preregistration or a fee, so be sure to check in directly with your local resource center's website and social media for more information.
- Oct. 10th, noon-4pm | Federal Jack’s Annual Lobster Bake and All-You-Can-Eat BBQ
- Oct. 20th, 6pm | Survivor Stories Project at the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit
- Early October (Date TBD) | DVAM Press Conference
- Throughout October | Purple Light Nights®, a global campaign
- Sept. 22nd-Oct.17th | Portland Stage Company’s production of Later Life by A.R Gurney, playing in Portland.
- Throughout October | Community Voices pledge and social media campaign
- Oct. 3rd | Vigils in Lewiston, Farmington, Mexico
- Oct 7th | Living Well, Aging Well Expo (tabling), Bethel
- Oct. 8th | Pumpkinfest tabling, Rumford
- Oct. 12th | Walk to End DV, Rumford
- Oct. 12th | Rumford Community Dinner
- Oct. 13th | Panel discussion on Domestic Violence and Intersectionality, UMaine Farmington
- Oct. 19th | Speaking at Maine Women’s Network lunch, Auburn
- Oct. 20th | Wear Purple Day
- Oct. 27th | MCEAP Roundtable, Lewiston
- Oct. 27th | Safe Voices Fall Mixer, Auburn
- Oct. 7th, 6pm | Paint Nite at the American Legion Hall in Augusta
- Oct. 12th 5:30pm-7:30pm kNOw Violence Task Force Speak Out at Thomas College: “Citizens Athlete: The Culture of Male Athletes”
- Oct. 19th, 5pm | Somerset Domestic Violence Task Force Speak Out in Skowhegan: “The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children”
- Oct. 20th, 5:30 | Brush & Brew Event at Somerset Abbey in Madison
- Oct. 4th, 10am -8pm | Empty Place At The Table memorial display at Patten Free Library in Bath
- Oct. 4th, 5:30pm-7:30pm | “In Her Shoes” at Patten Free Library in Bath
- Oct. 4th, Oct. 7th | “Healing Through Art” display at Patten Free Library in Bath
- Oct. 6th, 9am - 7pm | Empty Place At The Table memorial display at Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta
- Oct. 12th, 10am-7pm | Empty Place At The Table memorial display at Wiscasset Public Library in Wiscasset
- Oct. 18th, 9am-6pm | Empty Place At The Table memorial display at Camden Public Library in Camden
- Oct. 18th, 6pm | “The Mask We Live In” showing at Belfast Free Library, Belfast
- Oct. 19th-Oct. 31st | “Healing Through Art” display at Belfast Free Library in Belfast
- Oct. 20th, 9am - 6pm | Empty Place At The Table memorial display at Rockland Public Library in Rockland
- Oct. 25th, 10am - 6pm | Empty Place At The Table memorial display at Belfast Free Library in Belfast
- Oct. 2nd, 9am | 20th Annual Race/Walk to End Abuse in Guilford
Community celebration at 10:30 am
- Oct. 12th, 5pm | The 6th Annual Lincoln Walks to End Abuse
Clothesline Project on display from 11am-5pm
- Oct. 19th, 11:30am-1:30pm | 5th Annual Bangor Walks to End Abuse
- Oct. 25th, 6pm-8pm | Vigil in Dover-Foxcroft
- All of October| Paint Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties Purple Campaign
- Oct. 1 | Shine a Light Campaign Kick Off
- Oct. 17, noon | Domestic Violence Awareness Walk in Bar Harbor, in collaboration with YWCA of Bar Harbor.
- Date TBA | Domestic Violence Awareness Walk in Machias
- Date TBA | Domestic Violence Awareness Walk in Calais
- Oct. 27 | ODARA training for Law Enforcement in Ellsworth, open to Law Enforcement from Hancock or Washington Counties.
- Sept. 15th, 4-6pm | Rock It Up, Madawaska!
- September, Date TBD | Chalk It Up, Fort Kent!
- Oct. 4th, 6pm | Light It Up, Houlton!
- Oct. 14, 12:00 | Walk It Up, Presque Isle!
- Oct. 20th, 7pm | Sync It Up, Caribou!
Other Dates to Know
October 12th | Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day. A day to highlight the role of health care providers in screening for domestic violence and providing resources to patients. Maine domestic violence resource centers will be observing this in their local areas. See Futures Without Violence for more information, or contact your local resource center.