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Take Action with MCEDV this October!

Take Action with MCEDV this October!

October 18, 2017

Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence Initiatives for Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2017


All of October - Take Action Maine Social Media Campaign

This year, we are focusing on turning awareness into action, and on the concrete steps we can all take to help end abuse.

All over the state this month, Mainers are taking action.

One step you can take? Join us on Facebook (@MCEDV) and Instagram (@mcedv1977) and tell us why you are taking action. Use our printable PDF and write your reason for acting to end domestic abuse and violence. Snap a photo and post it social media.  Tag MCEDV and use the hashtags #TakeActionMaine and #DVAMinME17.

Help us light up social media with conversation this DVAM. Find out more ways to take action here.

October 11 - Panel at the Maine Women’s Summit on Economic Security

Join us at the 2017 Summit to hear MCEDV and partners from Hope and Justice Project and New Ventures Maine present a panel exploring the connections between economic security and domestic abuse and violence. For more information about the Summit and to register, click here.

Multiple Dates - NASW Panels on Domestic Violence/Interpersonal Violence & Ethics

We are pleased to join the Maine chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for a series of panel trainings for social workers this October. Discussions will include DV Advocates, Social Work Clinicians & Trauma informed practitioners.

These classes will be offered at the following locations throughout the State during the month of October:

Augusta - Friday October 13, 9am – 1:15pm.

Presque Isle - Friday October 20, 9am – 1:15pm.   

Portland - Friday October 27, 9am – 1:15pm. 

For complete event information and to register, please contact the Maine Chapter of NASW at 207-622-7592.


Member Events & Initiatives

For the most up-to-date information on DVAM, be sure to follow MCEDV and your local domestic violence resource center on social media!


New Hope for Women – Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, & Sagadahoc Counties

Multiple Dates - Empty Place at the Table

New Hope for Women will present An Empty Place at the Table, a physical memorial dedicated to remembering victims who were murdered by their partners or family member in acts of domestic violence homicide within the four-county catchment area. You can view the display at the following places:

October 3 - Richmond Library
October 4 - Boothbay Harbor Library
October 5 - Damariscotta Libarary
October 7 - Broad Bay Church Waldoboro 7 pm
October 10 - Bath Library 10-7 pm
October 12 - Topsham Library
October 17 - Rockland Library  9-5 pm
October 19 - Camden Library 9-5 pm
October 24 - Belfast Library  9:30-5 pm

All of October - Glow Purple Campaign

Businesses and individuals display purple lights and awareness posters throughout the four-county catchment area. Contact New Hope for Women to find out how to get involved.

DV Ribbon Tattoo Campaign

Looking to get a powerful tattoo? The Seaside Tattoo Salon in Bath is partnering with New Hope for Women to support an awareness raising campaign by offering a selection of reduced-cost DV ribbon designs for people to get a tattoo. People who are interested should book appointments in September and will be able to get the tattoo between October and December.


Partners for Peace – Piscataquis & Penobscot Counties

October 4 - Dover-Foxcroft Walks to End Abuse in Kiwanis Park, 4:00-6:00pm

Pre-register online to receive a FREE Domestic Violence Awareness Month t-shirt at the event.

October 11- The 7th Annual Lincoln Walks to End Abuse
Clothesline Project from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Walk at 5:00 pm

Pre-register to reserve a free 2017 Domestic Violence Awareness Month T-shirt! 

October 18 - 6th Annual Bangor Walks to End Abuse
11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Walk at 12

Pre-register to reserve a free 2017 Domestic Violence Awareness Month T-shirt and lunch!

October 11 - Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day

A day to highlight the role of health care providers in screening for domestic violence and providing resources to patients. Partners for Peace has information available for health care providers in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties. For more information about how your medical practice can get involved, get in touch with Merrily at or visit Futures Without Violence.

All of October - Paint Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties Purple Campaign

We join with other domestic violence groups around the nation in asking our communities to highlight purple–the color for domestic violence awareness–during the month of October in support of survivors. Individuals, businesses, hospitals, and other organizations from throughout Piscataquis and Penobscot County respond with creativity and enthusiasm.

All of October - Knowledge Empowers Campaign

Every year, Partners for Peace donates books (a children’s book, teen book, and adult book) to all public and school libraries in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties.  All books are carefully selected by PFP staff and carry messages of kindness, respect, and hope for anyone affected by abuse.

Social Media
Participate in our Facebook campaign using the hashtags #takeactionmaine, #Imapartnerforpeace, and #partnersforpeace to be entered to win a bag of Partners for Peace swag!


Family Crisis Services – Cumberland County

DVAM Press Conference:  Come join the community as we assemble advocates, politicians, civic leaders, law enforcement, and community voices to address the problem of domestic violence in our neighborhoods and homes. 

Purple Light Nights®:  a global campaign in over 23 states and 3 countries with the goal to increase the awareness of domestic violence issues and it’s affect upon children and families.  Family Crisis Services is partnering with Portland City Hall, local business owners, law enforcement agencies, health care facilities, municipalities, and community members in making Cumberland County glow purple for October.

Participate in our 6th annual “Color Me Purple”:  The day to wear or display purple to raise awareness, show your solidarity with survivors & their families, and take a stand against domestic violence.  It is an easy and tangible way for community members and co-workers to come together to speak out against domestic violence. 

Community Voices:  offering a platform and opportunity for community partners and member to lend their voice and support to the efforts to ensure that everyone feels safe in their relationships.  Family Crisis Services will be offering the opportunity to sign our “Cumberland County United for Healthy Relationships” pledge and/or partake in our “#207Voices Social Media Campaign”. 

Community Cell Phone Drive:  local businesses and agencies have offered to collect phones for survivors of domestic violence throughout the month.


Caring Unlimited – York County

October 9 - Federal Jack’s Annual Lobster Bake and All-You-Can-Eat BBQ

Noon - 4:00 pm
Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brewpub
8 Western Ave., Kennebunk, ME

Support Caring Unlimited while enjoying a fun afternoon of entertainment, music, crafts for kids, and great food at Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brewpub in Kennebunk!

$15 for Lobster and All-You-Can-Eat BBQ
$10 All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Only
$5 for Kids

October 4* - Mini Family Photo Session Fundraiser

3:30 - 5:30 pm
Mother's Beach, Kennebunk

Kennebunk Photographer Christine Anuszewski is offering 10-minute mini sessions including: access to a gallery of photos with one FREE digital print of your choosing for $75.  The cost of the session, as well as proceeds from any additional photos purchased, will benefit Caring Unlimited! Only 12 sessions available! *Rain date: Sunday, October 15, 2017.  In the event of postponement due to rain all times will remain the same.

Learn more and reserve your session now!

October 19 - Survivor Stories Project

6:00 PM
Engine Gallery
128 Main St. Biddeford, ME

Hear the inspiring stories of domestic violence survivors in their own words, as read by volunteer readers, at this one-time performance for 2017!  This presentation of the Survivor Stories Project is free and open to the public.  Financial donations to Caring Unlimited accepted and greatly appreciated.


Family Violence Project – Kennebec & Somerset Counties

October 11 - Technology: Its Exploding Role in Partner & Dating Violence

October 12 – Skowhegan Vigil
6—7:30 pm
Vigil in Coburn Park, Skowhegan, proceeding to the municipal building for a community discussion.

October 14 - Somerset County Domestic Violence Task Force 1st Annual Race to End Domestic Violence
8:00 am. Be there for the first year! Come back for many more!

October 25 - Paint Night at Somerset Abby in Madison
6:00 pm. Proceeds to benefit Family Violence Project.


Safe Voices – Oxford, Franklin & Androscoggin Counties

Oct. 5 – Fall Mixer & Community Partner Awards

Celebrate Safe Voice’s 40th anniversary.


Hope and Justice Project – Aroostook County

September 7 - Rock It Up, Madawaska! 
This annual event is in its 2nd year. This event includes music by DJ Adam and vendors in Bicentennial Park from 6-8 pm.

September 15 - Chalk It Up, Fort Kent! 
This annual event is in its 6th year. This community-wide campaign invites schools, community groups and businesses to promote awareness of domestic violence by creating sidewalk chalk art. Participants will write facts and statistics about domestic abuse in areas that get a lot of foot traffic. By visualizing the epidemic through quotes, drawings, and statistics, Hope and Justice Project hopes to help create a community that refuses to tolerate abuse or violence. This event will take place at the Sears Parking lot from 10am-12am.

October 5 - Light It Up, Houlton! 
This annual community event is in its 2nd year. This event will be held on October 5, 2017 at the Houlton Recreation Center beginning at 6pm. It will include a walk, speakers, and a remembrance ceremony for past victims of domestic violence homicide. Participants will be encouraged to light up the night with purple glow-sticks for domestic violence awareness.

October 13 - Walk It Up, Presque Isle! 
This annual event is in its 4th year. Walk It Up, Presque Isle! will take place on October 13, 2017 at 12pm. Participants will gather at the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library. This event will include a short walk followed by a light lunch for participants upon returning to the library.


Next Step – Washington & Hancock Counties

October 3 – Shine a Light Campaign Tree Lightings
Next Step will light at least one purple light for each of the 1,000 people who typically use our services each year. The lights are meant to show survivors of domestic violence that they are not alone, and that they live in a community that is working to break the isolation of abuse. Tree Lighting Ceremonies will mark the end of the 2016-17 Shine a Light campaign and kick off of the 2017-18 campaign. Events start at 5:30pm.


October 3 - DV Awareness Walk in Machias
Begins at 5:00 pm.