BANGOR – The city council has started work on changing the city’s domestic abuse policies.
This comes after the city chose to stay in a contract with concert promoter Alex Gray, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his former girlfriend.
The Bangor City Council faced backlash from residents over staying in that contract, so at Monday night’s meeting, council members said they’re working to make residents feel safe.
Bangor City Council met with Partners for Peace – a local organization working to end domestic violence – on Monday.
Council members said the Alex Gray issue made them realize that Bangor does not currently have a domestic violence policy.
Now the council is trying to come up with a code of conduct, including domestic abuse training for employees.
City Councilor Sarah Nichols said they are working to solve the broader issue of domestic violence.
“This will actually address the real issues of domestic violence in our community rather than looking at one specific issue,” said Nichols. She said the council is “trying to tackle the actual problem at hand and not just turning our backs.”
“We have to kind of look inward first before we can start looking outward,” said City Councilor Laura Supica.
They said Bangor City Council is also re-looking at how the city makes contracts with businesses.