It’s October. You know what that means, right? Pumpkins, apples, and Domestic Violence Advocacy Month. Partners for Peace asks you to join us for a month full of opportunities to explore the complexities of advocating for survivors of domestic violence. What does it mean to “advocate?” Every person deserves to feel safe in their relationship, home, and community. But what does “safety” actually look like? Our approach to helping survivors find safety, depends on how we define “safety.” Together, we will ask and collectively work through these difficult questions. #bettertogether #whatissafety #dvam #advocacy
Map out your month of advocacy by checking out our 2021 Domestic Violence Advocacy Month Calendar and engage with us throughout the month on Facebook, Instagram (@partnersforpeace), and Twitter (@PartnersMaine).
Given the current state of emergency, we have chosen to forego any in-person events in order to do our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating consequences for people living with abusive partners and family members. People who are abusive are taking advantage of social distancing and quarantine practices to further isolate their victims. Domestic violence survivors need you and we have many ways for you to help from home. What we have learned over the past year is that we are resilient and even from home, as long as we are working together, we can make a difference in the lives of people affected by abuse.
About Domestic Violence Advocacy Month
October is Domestic Violence Advocacy (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. To learn more about the history of DVAM, check out this infographic.
Events & Opportunities
October 15th, 3:00 pm| UMaine March Against Domestic Violence
The 8th Annual UMaine March Against Domestic Violence is happening IN PERSON as a part of UMaine Homecoming. The march will be held Friday, October 15th at 3pm, starting at the steps of the Fogler Library. Partners for Peace and many other groups, organizations, and speakers will be participating. Come join us in advocating for survivors of domestic violence and honoring those who have been taken too soon.
Learn More: UMaine Calendar
October 22nd, 4-5:30pm| Survivor Story-Crafting Workshop with Mabel’s Voices |
*Zoom link provided upon registration
Partners for Peace and Mabel Wadsworth Center is offering this Story Crafting Workshop for survivors of domestic violence or partner abuse. The purpose of the workshop is to help survivors creatively find language for their experiences with abuse. If you are a survivor of domestic violence and you’ve always wanted to share your story, but didn’t know how or where to start, this workshop is for you. Registration is required and space is limited.
If you want to sign up, but are concerned for your safety, we have confidential opportunities for connection available through our 24-hour helpline at 1-800-863-9909.
Sign up at: https://conta.cc/3F3plBM
October 26th, 5:30-7pm| How To Get Involved Information Session
*Zoom link provided upon registration
Advocate. Volunteer. Give. There are so many ways to get involved. This is an information session for anyone interested in becoming a Partner for Peace by giving your time, talents or treasures to support survivors of domestic violence in our community. We are committed to connecting you with a meaningful opportunity to help others.
Sign up at https://conta.cc/3kQOPdM
Please email Casey Faulkingham at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
All of October| Knowledge Empowers Campaign
Every year, Partners for Peace donates books 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.
Young Adult & Adult – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Children’s Book – The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
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 about any of our events or how you can get involved, please connect with Casey Faulkingham at email@example.com.
We hope you will join us in taking action this October!