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 places of worship, 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 prevalence of domestic violence and 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 30 years of DVAM for the National Coalition! #DVAMTurns30

We are actively seeking sponsors for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  If your business is interested in donating to our month of awareness events (see calendar of events below), please visit our sponsorship page.

 

We hope you will join us in taking action this October! #TakeActionMaine

October 4| Dover-Foxcroft Walks to End Abuse in Kiwanis Park, 4:00-6:00pm

It has been a year of changes—a new name for our organization and a revitalization of our awareness walks in October. You may remember our Piscataquis County event as the “Race to End Abuse” in Guilford.  This October, we will hold our annual awareness event in Dover-Foxcroft. Though we made this change, one thing remains the same: we are here to serve anyone in our communities affected by domestic abuse and violence and we hope that you will continue to join us in that mission.

Come check out the powerful Clothesline Project display and walk with us to send the message that our community supports survivors and will not tolerate abuse.

Please be sure to pre-register online to reserve your FREE Domestic Violence Awareness Month T-shirt at the event!

Online registration

Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to attend!

RSVP on Facebook

 

 

October 11| The 7th 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. Come check out the powerful Clothesline Project display from 11:00am – 5:00pm and walk with us at 5!

Please be sure to pre-register to reserve your free 2017 Domestic Violence Awareness Month T-shirt!

Online registration

Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to attend!

RSVP on Facebook

 

 

October 11| Health Cares about Domestic Violence Day

A day to highlight the importance of screening for domestic violence in the healthcare setting and the resources that exist for patients. Partners for Peace will be setting up informational booths at medical offices and organizing presentations and training for healthcare providers on this day and throughout the month. We are also offering to coordinate screenings of the documentary, Finding Jenn’s Voice, the heartbreaking story of a woman killed by her boyfriend when he found out she was pregnant.

 

For more information about how your medical practice can get involved, please contact Merrily at mfales@partnersforepeaceme.org.

 

 

October 18| 6th 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 Bangor 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.

Please be sure to pre-register to reserve your free 2017 Domestic Violence Awareness Month T-shirt and brown bag lunch!

Online registration

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 the Penobscot and Piscataquis County Region with creativity and enthusiasm every year by wearing purple ribbons, creating bulletin boards and window displays, and hosting awareness or fundraising events.

Show us your purple on Facebook by using any of the following hashtags and you will be entered to win a bag of Partners for Peace swag!

#Imapartnerforpeace

#partnersforpeace

#takeactionmaine

 

All of October| Knowledge Empowers Campaign

Every year, Partners for Peace donates books (a children’s book, teen book, and adult book) to all public and school libraries in Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties.  All books are carefully selected by our staff and carry messages of kindness, respect, and hope for anyone affected by abuse. Check out this year’s selections at a library near you:

Adult book: Girls Like Us, by Rachel Lloyd

Young Adult Book: Exit, Pursued by a Bear, by E.K. Johnston

Children’s Book: The Friend Ship, by Kat Yeh

 

This October, there are so many ways to take action against domestic violence and we hope you will join us in our efforts. If you have any questions, please contact Casey Faulkingham at cfaulkingham@partnersforpeaceme.org.