MCEDV Public Statement about the Release of the Violence Against Women Act

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2018. VAWA was first passed with bipartisan support in 1994, and since then each iteration has included important improvements that expand the safety net for survivors of the range of crimes covered by the law, including domestic abuse, dating abuse, stalking,…

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MCEDV Statement on Homicides: “We Must Do More”

The first weeks of 2018 have already brought news of two domestic violence homicides in Maine. On January 10th in Temple, a small town in Franklin County, Thomas Masse allegedly killed his wife, Michelle, and then himself. This week, Anthony Leng was arrested and charged with murdering Sokha Khoun on January 7 in the home…

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MCEDV Seeks Administrative Services Coordinator

Put your excellent administrative skills to work as part of the movement to end domestic violence! The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence seeks a full-time Administrative Services Coordinator to be a vital part of coordinating and integrating statewide work in response to and to prevent domestic abuse and violence, dating violence, stalking, and human…

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MCEDV, New Ventures Maine Receive Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Grant to Address Economic Abuse

The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) is partnering with New Ventures Maine (NVME) to address economic abuse as a tactic of domestic violence abusers. This year-long collaborative project, funded by the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Grant, will involve domestic violence advocates from three domestic violence resource centers (DVRCs) across the state working with…

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The Role of Reproductive Freedom in Ending Domestic Violence

The right to determine what happens to our own physical selves has everything to do with our safety and wellbeing. Attacks on bodily autonomy are central to the issue of domestic violence. The behavior of those who commit domestic abuse is rooted in the belief that they have the right to make decisions about every…

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An Open Letter to My Abuser: Today I Forgave You

by Leslie Tolly 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 heart wrenching detail.  When it was time…

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