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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Violence Against Women Act Bills Introduced in Senate

On November 13th, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (S. 2843) was introduced in the Senate. S. 2843, sponsored by Sen. Diane Feinstein and co-sponsored by Maine Senator Angus King, is the VAWA that Maine survivors need.  This Bill Explicitly clarifies the right of Maine tribes to hold non-native offenders accountable for domestic violence and sexual…

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Statewide Domestic Violence Awareness Events 2019

This October, communities across Maine will recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Download the full statewide list here. Mark your calendars for an event near you. Don’t forget to participate in our #TakeActionMaine social media campaign.

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MCEDV Statement on Efforts to Reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act

H.R. 1585, a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), was introduced in the United States House of Representatives last week. This bipartisan bill, sponsored by Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-California), presents the opportunity to maintain crucial funding for victims’ services and strengthen VAWA’s commitment to at-risk communities.   The Violence Against Women Act…

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MCEDV Statement on Changes to OVW Website

According to an article in Slate, many of our partners have expressed concern about changes to the definition of domestic violence reportedly made by the Trump administration. We are grateful for the support and solidarity of our community in the face of a reported threat.  We want to clarify that, while the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence…

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12th Biennial Maine Domestic Violence Homicide Review Panel Report Now Available

On Tuesday, October 9th, MCEDV gathered with community partners, including representatives from the Attorney General’s office, law enforcement, and surviving family members to announce the release of the 12th Report of the Maine Domestic Violence Homicide Review Panel. The Report, produced through the Attorney General’s Office, focuses on identifying specific ways in which systems and…

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Statewide Events for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018

Each year, our member Domestic Violence Resource Centers throughout Maine host events, campaigns, and vigils during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We have compiled a list of events happening throughout the state. Find it here. Note The list is subject to change. Be sure to connect with your local Domestic Violence Resource Center on social media…

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2018: Tell Us Why YOU Take Action

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since 1987, when the first Domestic Violence Awarness Month was observed, we have accomplished so much by raising awareness by getting people to understand and acknowledge that domestic violence is a serious problem for our communities. In 2018, it is time to evolve our approach. It is time to…

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