Mission & Philosophy
The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) mobilizes collaborative community action with and on behalf of a statewide network of Domestic Violence Resource Centers to ensure that all people affected by domestic abuse and violence in Maine are restored to safety and that perpetrators are held accountable. MCEDV builds partnerships that promote public policy, education, and systems advocacy to create and encourage a social, political, and economic environment that fosters communities where the diversity, dignity, and contributions of all are respected and celebrated, and domestic abuse and violence no longer exist.
The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence believes violence in intimate relationships is supported and encouraged by our culture. The use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control is manifested in sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-Semitism, able-bodyism, ageism, and other oppressions. All of our struggles against oppression are related.
Any person in an intimate relationship could be battered. Our individual and collective success in overcoming oppression depends upon working together toward changing individual and institutional behaviors and societal attitudes that allow the abuse of vulnerable people, primarily women and children.
We support equality in relationships and oppose the use of violence as a means of control over others. All people have the right to control their own lives. Support, information, and access to resources strengthen their control of their lives. In order to create a violence-free world, we must also recognize the needs of all children and include them in our struggle.