Governor LePage Declares October As Domestic Violence Awareness Month
A special ceremony was hosted by Governor Paul LePage last week in his Cabinet Room at the State House, highlighting domestic violence awareness, supporting victims and honoring advocates who dedicate themselves to eradicating the violence. The event marked the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month and was attended by a number of state and local officials, law enforcement representatives, business and community leaders and victims’ advocacy groups, including Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) and Maine Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children.
“Domestic violence takes the lives of too many every year here in Maine. The physical violence alone is heart-wrenching. However, the emotional scars from domestic violence are lasting as well.
Together, we remember those who are no longer with us. We honor their memories by raising awareness and carrying hope that one day we can end the violence.”
The Governor took the opportunity to announce that he has directed $10,000 from his contingency fund to help pay for the completion of the Maine Murder Victims’ Memorial. Ground was broken in late September for the monument at Catholic Holy Family Cemetery in Augusta. The Memorial, an effort of the Maine Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, will have the names of 400 to 500 Maine murder victims inscribed in black granite tablets. In July, LePage directed $100,000 to MCEDV from his contingency fund in the wake of cuts in federal program cuts.Arthur Jette, director of the Maine Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children, said the funds are a blessing and a tribute to every Maine family who has encountered the devastation that domestic violence brings with it.
“Whenever the life of a loved one is taken, there is an unbelievable grief, like no other. We are gracious for the Governor’s support and faith in a cause that will bring comfort to families, survivors and victims, as well as a place to remember those lost at the hands of violence.”
To locate your local Domestic Violence Resource Center, call the Statewide Helpline at 1-866-834-HELP (4357) or visit www.mcedv.org.