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.

This year marks 20 years of moving to end abuse, and we’re setting a special $20,000 goal for business sponsorship.  If you would like to help sponsor our work in October and all year round, please visit the sponsorship page.

Join us this October!

October 2| Come out to the 20th Annual Race/Walk to End Abuse in Guilford
Race and Walk events 9:00 am; community celebration at 10:30 am

This is a special 20th Anniversary year for the Race to End Domestic Abuse!  The theme for this year’s event is Remember the Past, hope for the Future.  It is a time for us to reflect on how far we’ve come and how much we need your support to continue moving forward.

Please be sure to register online for the race and walk events in order to reserve your t-shirt.  Everyone is welcome at the community celebration!

Online registration Print and mail registration

Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to attend!

RSVP on Facebook

Download a pledge sheet and help raise funds to receive a special 20th edition tote bag!

 

October 12| The 6th 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.

Pre-register to reserve a free 2016-edition t-shirt.

Online registration

Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to attend!

RSVP on Facebook

 

October 12| 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.

More information is available at Futures Without Violence.

 

October 19| 5th 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.

Pre-register to reserve a free 2016-edition t-shirt.

Online registration

Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to attend!

RSVP on Facebook

 

October 25| Vigil in Dover-Foxcroft
6 pm to 8 pm

This event is open to anyone impacted by domestic abuse or wishing to support efforts to stop abuse in our community. There will be a speak out and opportunities to honor those who have been taken, as well as those who have contributed to the movement to end abuse. A hearty meal will be served.

Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to attend!

RSVP on Facebook

 

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.

 

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.