October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

If you or someone you know has been impacted by abuse you can call the statewide Domestic Abuse Helpline at 1-866-834-HELP.
Published: Oct. 20, 2022 at 5:33 PM EDT
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Maine (WABI) - Thursday was ‘Purple Thursday’, a national day of action each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Folks are encouraged to wear purple and spread awareness about domestic violence.

It’s also a way for people to show their commitment to promoting healthy relationships.

The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence participated Thursday.

No matter where we are across the state, we’re united in wearing purple today. Join us and share a #PurpleThursday pic to raise awareness and support survivors of domestic violence. #DVAM2022 #Every1KnowsSome1

Posted by Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence on Thursday, October 20, 2022

For more than 40 years, they’ve worked to help create change in how Mainers understand and respond to abuse.

“The first step to being free from pain is telling somebody about it,” said Francine Garland Stark, Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. “We can be a good ally in figuring out what might happen to make you have more opportunity to be safe and happy in the world. No one has a right to treat you poorly.”

Partners for Peace is one organization doing just that.

They’re a resource center for Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, helping more than 1,400 people affected by domestic abuse annually.

They say there are plenty of ways you can support those affected by abuse.

”You can volunteer. You can donate to the organization, and you can show up to our events,” said Casey Faulkingham of Partners for Peace. “We have a very exciting event happening at the end of the month called Erin’s Run. It is not our event but it is an event that’s put on by community members and families and friends of the late Erin Woolley.”

Erin’s Run will take place on the Bangor Waterfront Sunday, October 30th.

You can register here.

Erin’s Run 5K and Kids Fun Run is right around the corner! Join us and the other amazing beneficiaries at this great event on October 30th at Bangor Waterfront. Register at the link in our Bio!

Posted by Partners for Peace on Wednesday, October 5, 2022

If you or someone you know has been impacted by abuse you can call the statewide Domestic Abuse Helpline at 1-866-834-HELP or call Partners for Peace at 1-800-663-9909.

Advocates are available 24-hours a day, and it’s all confidential.