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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic Violence is a community issue. It is not only in our homes; it is in our schools, our hospitals, our churches, and our workplaces. Maybe you know someone who has been abused. Maybe it’s happened to you.


About Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).  Each October, communities across the nation join together to recognize the existence of Domestic Violence and to honor those who have been affected by violence with vigils, walks, and other awareness-raising activities.

DVAM was first recognized in October of 1987—the same year the first national toll-free domestic violence hotline became available. For more information about the history of DVAM, please visit the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s website.

Join us this October 2015!

October 4| Come out to the 19th Annual Race/Walk to End Abuse in Guilford

Breakfast 7:30 am, Race and Walk events 9:00 am

Pre-register and save, plus check out our new location and community breakfast this year!


October 7| The 5th Annual Lincoln Walks to End Abuse

Clothesline Project from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Walk at 5:00 pm

Join the community as we walk around town to raise awareness about domestic abuse. We are inviting all members of the community to participate in this event to show that we are in support of survivors, that we remember those who have been lost, and that we will not tolerate abuse in our community.


October 14| Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day

A day to highlight the role of health care providers in screening for domestic violence and providing resources to patients. The Alliance shares informational posters, brochures, and fact sheets with local providers.


October 22| 4th Annual Bangor Walks to End Abuse

11:30 am to 1:30 pm, Walk at 12

Join with the community as we walk around downtown to raise awareness about domestic abuse. We are inviting all members of the community to walk together in support of survivors, to remember those who have died, and make a statement that our community will not tolerate abuse.


All of October| Paint Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties Purple Campaign

We join with other domestic violence groups around the nation in asking our communities to highlight purple–the color for domestic violence awareness–during the month of October in support of survivors. Individuals, businesses, hospitals, and other organizations from throughout Piscataquis and Penobscot County respond with creativity and enthusiasm.

  • Businesses! Stop by our Bangor or Dover-Foxcroft Resource Centers to pick up a 5”x7” window cling with the statewide domestic violence helpline.
  • Show your support by printing off a poster for your home or business!


All of October| Knowledge Empowers Campaign

These are our efforts to prevent abuse and educate through creative media. Please visit your local library in Penobscot or Piscataquis Counties to learn more.