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Spruce Run has been working to change attitudes, save lives, and end abuse for more than 35 years.
Our goal? To help create communities where domestic abuse and dating abuse are things of the past. Where people and families can thrive in healthy relationships and live without isolation and fear.
We know that it takes whole communities working together to accomplish these goals. That’s why – throughout the year and throughout our communities – we participate in activities designed to raise awareness about domestic and dating abuse. Some are part of national or statewide campaigns, some are organized by Spruce Run, and some grow out of ideas suggested by creative, caring community members who want to make a difference.
Some national and state initiatives are…
During DVAM, communities across the fifty states participate in many awareness activities.
Displayed at many places and events, the Clothesline Project is an inspiring collection of decorated tee shirts honoring survivors and victims. The Knowledge Empowers Campaign, started by Spruce Run in 2001, is now a Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) statewide initiative involving many domestic violence programs that donate selected books and informational material to libraries across the state. In 2009, Spruce Run launched its Paint Penobscot County Purple Campaign, encouraging community members to display purple- the color of domestic violence awareness- throughout the month of October. Other DVAM activities include The Blaine House Tea, honoring individuals and organizations throughout Maine who have made significant contributions to ending domestic violence, and Cut Out Domestic Violence salon awareness training and activities.
National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, in February, spotlights youth-inspired and coordinated activities designed to promote healthy relationships and awareness about teen dating violence.
January is Stalking Awareness Month – a time to focus awareness on this dangerous, unsettling, and sometimes subtle crime that affects many victims of domestic and dating abuse.
Want more information about and ideas for community awareness activities in your area?
Get involved! Join us for any or all of these activities, or contact us with your unique idea to raise awareness, support survivors, and foster healthy relationships in your community.
Together we can change attitudes, save lives, and end abuse.