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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, here are some sobering statistics:
There were 429 domestic violence complaints lodged in Oxford county in 2010, up from 325 in 2009.
Safe Voices, the local domestic violence agency, provided services to 432 individuals in Oxford County, for 2010 – up from 364 the previous year.
As of July 28th, of the 17 homicides committed in Maine this year, nine were domestic violence related.
The Oxford County Domestic Violence Task Force is coordinating a ‘Paint the County Purple’ campaign across Oxford County to raise awareness about the prevalence of Domestic violence in our communities.
How can you join us to raise awareness and show your support in our efforts?
During the month, both Rumford Community Hospital and Stephens Memorial Hospital will be participating by decorating with purple; local businesses and other establishments will be competing in the first ‘Paint the County Purple’ contest, to be judged by area youth; let them know how much you appreciate their civic mindedness in supporting the effort to end domestic violence.
Wear a purple ribbon – the purple ribbon is used to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence. It conveys a powerful message that domestic violence in the homes, neighborhoods, workplaces & schools of our communities, will not be tolerated.
Attend some of the scheduled activities taking place throughout the month:
Oct. 1 - 4-7 p.m. Spaghetti dinner followed by a dance, featuring the oldies band ‘Legend,’ taking place at the American Legion in Rumford.
Oct. 3 - 6 p.m. Vigils ‘Stand up, Speak out’ taking place at the Dixfield Village on the Green Gazebo & the S. Paris Moore Park Gazebo.
Oct. 3 - Wear Purple day-Dress in purple or wear a purple item for the day.
Oct. 15 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Health and Happiness Fair at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.
Oct. 16 - Conversational sermon at S. Paris Congregational church.
Oct. 25 - 5:30-7 p.m. Dinner and Discussion at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 42 Sweden Rd. in Bridgton.
Become a fan of the Safe Voices facebook page & keep updated with all the activities and schedules throughout the month, on their website at www.safevoices.org.
The Oxford County Domestic Task Force motto is A Helping Hand can Change the World. It will take all of us to ‘End the Violence, Stop the Silence’ and eliminate domestic violence from our communities.
For more information about the Oxford County Domestic Violence Task Force and/or the ‘Paint the County Purple Campaign,’ contact email@example.com or call 364-9908.
For more information about Safe Voices, check out their website at, www.safevoices.org. If you are looking for information and/or support, for yourself or someone else, you can call their 24-hour helpline at 1-800-559-2927.