News & Events
There’s always a lot going on at Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance and in the communities we serve. Find out more about upcoming events, community awareness activities, and prevention and training programs.
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and there are plenty of opportunities for you to show your support and speak out against domestic violence. Sign up for one of our events now:
October 5 (Sunday) – Race/Walk to End Domestic Violence in Guilford
October 8 (Wednesday) – Lincoln Walks to End Abuse
October 23 (Thursday) – Bangor Walks to End Abuse
See the entire October Events Calendar
Save the date! Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance’s 18th Annual Race to End Domestic Abuse is coming up on Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm at the Guilford Athletic Fields, Guilford, Maine. You can race in the 5K, walk with friends or family, or enjoy a cookout and music. Get more information or register online now. You can help even more by collecting pledges – download the 2014 Pledge Sheet.
Thanks for wondering about how we are doing! Here are a few highlights of the last six months of our work as the Alliance:
- We continue to provide a full spectrum of services at both the Dover-Foxcroft and Bangor Resource Centers including support and education groups, hotline, court advocacy, emergency shelter, transitional housing and prevention education. During these first six months we answered 2,900 hotline calls as we provided service to over 900 individuals. Sixty-eight women participated in support and education groups and forty seven women and children were sheltered. Two hundred seven individuals received court advocacy services and twenty seven women and children participated in transitional housing services.
- In the prevention education arena, 2007 individuals were surveyed after their participation in educational programs. Eighty-eight percent reported increased knowledge of domestic violence and shared statements such as, “I learned how to handle a situation better when someone is in an abusive relationship,” and “I learned that it is not so simple to just leave an abusive relationship.”
- Alliance staff have been working in association with the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence to prepare and train law enforcement officers to implement the use of ODARA (Ontario Domestic Assault Risk Assessment). This assessment tool will be required for use in January 2015 by all police officers in Maine responding to domestic abuse calls. As of the end of April over 300 officers have been trained in the use of this tool. Additionally, nine agreements have been signed with local law enforcement agencies enabling advocates to call victims after a perpetrator’s arrest for domestic violence for the purpose of assisting with safety planning.
- Our combined Steering Committee has been meeting monthly since October, sometimes in Bangor and sometimes in Dover-Foxcroft. Members are enjoying getting to know one another and learning more about the two county region we all serve together. Additionally, the Steering Committee has worked to develop comprehensive personnel policies, including a merged salary scale and benefits plan. A great deal has been accomplished, and there is much to do – stay tuned for further developments!