MILLINOCKET- During the month of October — domestic violence awareness is put in the spotlight.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Partners for Peace have been holding activities to raise awareness statewide, such as vigils and walks honoring those who have been affected by domestic abuse.
“Ten people died in Maine this year. So part of our purpose is to acknowledge that and to pay homage to those people. At the same time, we want people who survived to be celebrated and we want neighbors and coworkers and family members and friends to all learn about what they can do if they’re worried about someone,” says Partners for Peace Rural Advocate Cynthia Freeman Cyr.
She says domestic violence is prevalent in Maine…according to the Maine department of public safety 40-50% of Maine homicides are committed by the victim s partner or family member
The Maine coalition to end domestic violence says last year, domestic violence resource centers fielded 34,052 helpline calls and worked with 14,351 people statewide.
Cyr says the staggering numbers show the severity of the problem — but also demonstrate the strength of those who have dealt with the issue in their own lives.
“There are thousands of people who live with domestic violence every day and figure out a way to be safe, to keep their children safe and to move on with their lives on their journey towards safety,” she says.
For anyone personally dealing with domestic violence or if you’re concerned about someone else who is, Cyr says contact partners for peace.
“We want folks to know what could I say, how could I help someone that I’m worried about and we’d love to talk about that today and any day,” Cyr says.