#DVAM2021: “What Does Safety Mean?”

October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year, domestic violence programs across Maine will host a variety of events and campaigns, exploring what safety really means for people experiencing domestic abuse and violence. Below is a partial list of those efforts. Please follow your local domestic violence program directly for the most…

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New Laws Strengthen Maine DV Intervention Programs

Two pieces of legislation that strengthen Maine’s programming for people who commit domestic abuse are now law:   LD 1491: An Act to Ensure Access to and Availability of Violence Intervention Services to Reduce Domestic Violence in Maine  People who perpetrate domestic abuse and violence live and work in our communities, and so our responses must also be community-based. Last week, LD 1491:…

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Governor Mills Signs New Economic Abuse Protections Into Law

On Thursday, June 8th, Governor Mills signed into law LD 947: An Act to Address the Long-Term Impact of Economic Abuse by a Spouse. MCEDV worked with Representative Laura Supica of Bangor and Pine Tree Legal Assistance to put forward this legislation. It further responds to the call of survivors across Maine for more effective…

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MCEDV Presents Milestone Report re: Responding to People Who Commit Abuse 

On February 3, 2021, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) appeared before the Joint Standing Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety to present our report, “Initial Findings on the Effectiveness of Maine’s Certified Batterer Intervention Programs.” After an introduction from partners at the Department of Corrections, MCEDV’s Violence Prevention & Intervention Coordinator…

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MCEDV Recognizes Attorney, Advocates
as 2020 Champions of Change

AUGUSTA – As Domestic Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly towards creating safety and justice for domestic abuse and violence survivors its Champions of Change Awards. The awards were given virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first honoree is…

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Maine Women’s Fund Grant to Support MCEDV Member Programs

MCEDV is pleased to be the recipient of $27,791 through the Maine Women’s Fund’s Safety First for Women’s Fund. The money will be distributed directly to MCEDV’s nine member programs throughout the state to support their efforts to keep survivors of domestic abuse and violence safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maine Women’s Fund Executive Director…

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MCEDV Calls for Racial Justice

Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. George Floyd. For too long, we have been naming black people murdered by police in America. Their deaths ripple outward to children robbed of their parents, to partners grieving their loved ones, to colleagues mourning their coworkers, and to friends left alone. Every time an officer kills a black person, entire…

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MCEDV Responds to COVID-19

In this unprecedented time, we are collectively having to adapt our ways of being and operating rapidly in order to minimize the damage done by COVID-19. At the same time, we here at the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence know that the virus is not the only potentially lethal threat faced in our communities.…

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