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Voices (MCEDV Blog)

November 14, 2016

It’s Sunday, November 6, 2016 and today I forgave you.  It’s been 5 years since the last time you physically harmed me… it was time. When I first sat down to write about my experience, I wrote about what happened.  I put on paper every...

October 19, 2016

Domestic violence continues to make headlines and inspire conversations. These discussions are essential because change only happens when people become engaged with an issue. But talking about abuse can be challenging, so here are several things...

January 27, 2016

Years ago, we did not speak about domestic violence. It was only when survivors started sharing their stories, and our communities began talking about it that we began to change the cultural norms that let abusers act with impunity.

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December 15, 2015

Many question whether the NFL is willing to do more than create PSAs and truly work to hold offenders in their ranks accountable. What we must recognize is that creating real change takes time.

This can be hard. When we decide we want...

October 2, 2015

It is October again, and another Domestic Violence Awareness Month has begun. Across the state there will be vigils, walks, runs, bake sales, and balloon launches. There will be speak-outs and lunch-and-learns and “Wear Purple” days at work. In...

July 14, 2015

As I sat on the back deck of my childhood home over the past five years trying to imagine the next legislative work, it was not my Yankee mind that pushed the change forward.  It was a passionate faith in the essential goodness of most of us...

June 18, 2015

There is much to say about the program, and the ways in which it will benefit our work to end domestic violence in Maine. All of that, however, must take a back seat while we acknowledge the deaths of nine African American people in Charleston,...

June 14, 2015

Increasing public awareness is always one good first step to take towards prevention.  The more we talk about the issue and the special needs of older victims and persons...

April 21, 2015

The following is a true story. However, some identifying details have been changed to ensure the safety of the story’s subject. 
This story first appeared on the...

February 23, 2015
People often tell us that they want to help end abuse, but they aren’t sure what they can do.

So this month--Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month--MCEDV and Maine’s domestic violence resource centers...

January 29, 2015

The Internet: today, it is ubiquitous. Many of us run our lives by it; our calendars, our banking, our job searches, our school applications are all online. We live in a culture of selfies, of posting about our days, of connecting digitally as...

January 22, 2015

January is National Stalking Awareness Month, so we here at MCEDV have been thinking about stalking—about what it looks like, how we talk about it and respond to it, and how it impacts people’s lives. The definition of stalking recommended...

December 18, 2014

We at MCEDV were deeply saddened this week to learn of the passing of Patti Bland, a national leader in recognizing the intersection of substance abuse and domestic and sexual violence. We are grateful for the way she impacted our work here in...

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