Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019


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. We need your help this October …

  • to remember the lives our community has lost as a result of domestic violence
  • to acknowledge the injustices faced by victims of domestic abuse
  • to champion the need for societal change
  • to celebrate individuals and organizations that work diligently in partnership with survivors to end abuse and violence in the Penobscot & Piscataquis county region
  • to honor survivors of domestic abuse, because you are worth it and YOU are the reason we show up, speak out, march on


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. To learn more about the history of DVAM, check out this infographic.



Events & Opportunities


October 3| End Domestic Violence Day: Piscataquis, 6:00-8:00pm

We invite you to join us at Stutzman’s Farm Stand & Bakery in Sangerville for an evening of great food and hearty conversation. We will have the honor of listening to singer/song-writer Craig Stutzman perform for us, and take a moment to explore why this month holds such a special meaning to us. We invite you to be part of the solution. We invite you to take action.

This event is free to the public and dinner will be provided. We ask that you RSVP and consider donating to make future events like this possible. The 2019 Domestic Violence Awareness Month T-Shirt will be available for a $10 donation and previous year’s T-Shirts will be available for a $5 donation online or in-person.



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October 5| End Domestic Violence Days: Bangor, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, Walk at 12

Join us as we raise awareness about domestic violence in our community with a live art project in West Market Square and an awareness walk through Downtown Bangor. This event is free to the public and lunch will be provided, but we welcome donations in-person or online to support future events. Please RSVP below!

Between 11am-12pm participants can visit booths with local area service providers and pick up their t-shirts. The 2019 Domestic Violence Awareness Month T-shirt will be available for a $10 donation and previous year’s T-shirts will be available for a $5 donation. The Briar Patch will host a Kindness Story Time at 11:00 featuring some of our Knowledge Empowers Campaign children’s books. The event program and walk will begin at 12pm. We welcome downtown businesses to decorate their windows and walkers will have the opportunity to judge and choose the winner for best window display.


And if you’re on Facebook, don’t forget to invite your friends, family, and neighbors!

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October 16| 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 healthcare practice can get involved, please contact Casey Faulkingham at


October 24| End Domestic Violence Days: Lincoln, 5:00-7:00 pm

We are thrilled to be hosting this event for the 9th year in a row in Lincoln. Join us at 5pm as we take a stand against domestic violence and honor homicide victims with a candlelight march through downtown Lincoln. Light refreshments will be available at the Gazebo. As always, the powerful Clothesline Project will be on display.

This event is free to the public, but we ask you to RSVP below. The 2019 Domestic Violence Awareness Month t-shirt will be available for a $10 donation and we will have previous year’s t-shirts available for a $5 donation. Come as early as 4pm to pick up your t-shirt and other swag!


And if you’re on Facebook, don’t forget to invite your friends, family, and neighbors!

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All of October| Paint Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties Purple Campaign

We join with other domestic violence resource centers 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!





All of October| Knowledge Empowers Campaign

Every year, Partners for Peace donates books (a children’s book, young adult 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 – No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us, by Rachel Louise Snyder

Young Adult Book – The Girl Who Fell, by S.M. Parker

Children’s Book – Be Kind, by Pat Zietlow Miller


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


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


All of our events have been made possible by our amazing 2019 sponsors:


Hollywood Casino Bangor

Katahdin Trust Company

Northern Line Construction


The Sharrow & Arno Families

In Memory of Treven Cunningham & Mindy Gould

Pleasant River Lumber

Empire Beauty School


Lumbra Hardware

Steinke & Caruso Dental Care

Hardwood Products, LLC

J.D. Raymond Transport

Stutzman’s Farm Stand & Bakery

Advertising Specialists of Maine


Central Street Farmhouse
Northern Maine Minerals
Morrell’s Ace Hardware
Rowell’s Garage
Maine Highlands Federal Credit Union
Will’s Shop ‘N Save
Subway Sandwiches of Dover-Foxcroft
Subway Sandwiches of Lincoln
Steaks ‘N Stuff of Lincoln
Varney GMC
Convenient MD
Dunkin’ Donuts
Tea and Tarts
Hometown Health
Craig Stutzman
The Briar Patch
Wing Wah
Tim Horton’s
C.A. Dean