Spreading Awareness of Domestic Violence in October

For the last 30 years, October has marked Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) across the country. DVAM mourns those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrates those who have survived, and connects those who work to end violence.

Throughout this month — in honor of domestic violence victims, their loved ones and their advocates — we will be talking about domestic violence in our state, and how the equal constitutional rights proposed by Marsy’s Law for Maine would help domestic violence survivors, and the loved ones of those who did not survive, obtain justice.

First, we want to share this explanation of domestic violence from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: “Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.”

Programs and resources are available 24/7/365 to help victims of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim, we urge you to call the Maine Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-866-83-4HELP, (Hearing Impaired Use Maine Telecommunications Relay Service: 1-800-437-1220), or call 911 for immediate help.