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Spruce Run – Womancare Alliance, others walk to end abuse

Photo by Aimee Thibodeau Advocates, victim-survivors and area residents young and old, gathered Thursday for a walk through downtown Bangor in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness month. Decked in purple, the color of domestic violence awareness efforts, participants of the third annual event wound their way through lunchtime crowds, starting and finishing at West Market […]

Mutt Knows Best holding event to raise money for domestic violence shelters, pets

Mutt Nose Best, a  Bangor-based dog products company will hold a 5K walk and run Saturday, Sept. 28 to raise money for area domestic violence shelters that need help accepting and sheltering pets along with their owners. According to a story in the Bangor Daily News publication, “The Weekly,” animals are abused in more than […]

Domestic violence training with Spruce Run

The MaineFocus Domestic and Sexual Violence team will be participating in Spruce Run’s hotline volunteer training in a few weeks, and we’d love to our readers join us. Spruce Run serves people affected by domestic abuse through a 24-hour hotline; emergency shelter; support and education groups; transitional housing and advocacy. The organization was the first […]

Human trafficking: Underreported, underground sexual violence

A story Monday by BDN reporter Dawn Gagnon highlighted an issue sexual violence advocates have been working to tackle for years — forced child prostitution, also called human trafficking. According to the story, three victims in a recent three-day FBI sting that netted 150 arrests were children from Maine. The victims’ names and hometowns are […]

Addiction and recovery for women conference scheduled Sept. 6

Husson University’s Institute for Continuing Health Education Programming will host University of California, Los Angeles integrated substance abuse program professor, Christine Grella at an addiction and recovery for women conference Sept. 6. Grella will share the results of her latest research about chemical dependence and gender differences in substance abuse trends, according to a news […]

Dover-Foxcroft police design child-centered sexual violence interview room

Sexual violence is traumatic for anyone, but especially for children, who may not understand what happened to them or that they are a victim. As such, advocates argue that interviewing a child multiple times can cause undue stress and should be avoided. Gretchen Ziemer, an advocate with Rape Response Services in Bangor, said officials often […]

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