Wednesday, 18 October 2017 15:38

6th annual walk to end abuse Featured

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BANGOR - Whether it was someone they knew or they just want to show support.

Members of the community came together today in Downtown Bangor to walk and raise awareness for domestic violence.

 

Partners for Peace wants to show survivors of abuse that they support them.

 

Casey Faulkinghim the community response team leader for Partner for Peace said "And show offenders of abuse that we're going to hold them accountable."

 

Some came out to walk for people that they know who were abused.

 

Lacharise Shepherb a student with Penobscot job corps said "I know a few people who have been domestically abused and I feel like the walk is important to relate to people also to show people that somebody out there actually cares for them, and it's not just there alone in this."

 

Robin Meservey a participant in the walk said "I have a teacher I lost to domestic violence and her kids by the kids father so that really hit home to me."

 

The Penobscot counties sheriffs office has been involved with the domestic violence task force. They find that teaming up with resources like partners for peace is a great way to spread awareness.

 

Troy Morton Penobscot county sheriff said "Excellent education and awareness surrounding domestic violence and even making some changes in laws that are necessary."

 

They think it's important to keep trying to advance that. The partners for peace theme this year is "take action."

 

"It's one thing to talk about what we're trying to accomplish, but we need to take action make sure that we're helping survivors in any way that we can. One of the area's that we're concerned about is safety planning for survivors in the immediate incidents following domestic violence incidents" said Morton.

 

One in four women and one in seven men are victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence effects us all. It's our family, friends, co-workers, and communities that are impacted by these senseless crimes. Making sure that people understand that and that they realize it's okay to speak out and ask for help.

 

Morton said "There are wonderful resources here in this area and throughout the state of Maine, and so it's really important to take advantage of those resources, and not live in fear."

 

Anyone who is effected by abuse can call partners for peace at their 24 hour help line 1-800-863-9909.

Shonna Narine

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