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Are you a victim of domestic violence?
REGION- Over the next few months the Oxford County Domestic Violence Task Force will be presenting a series of informative articles relating to domestic violence education, prevention and victim assistance. We wanted to let our communities know who we are and why we do what we do.
The Oxford County Domestic Violence Task Force was created in 2005 to bring together organizations serving the citizens of Oxford County affected by domestic violence. Our goal is to provide a coordinated community response to victims and their families by enhancing community awareness about domestic violence, to raise awareness of families, individuals and other organizations in our communities. We are building relationships among community resources, working on ways to address ongoing needs, providing education about available resources and working together to implement changes here in Oxford County and State wide.
What is domestic violence? Domestic violence and sexual assault are some of the most under-reported crimes. Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior where one person attempts to control another through threats or actual use of physical violence, sexual assault, verbal or psychological abuse and stalking. Children can be witnessing violence between parents or caretakers. Victims can be anyone, any age, any social or financial group. People who choose to be abusive can also be any age, social, economic, racial or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, or physical/ mental ability.
There are several ways to become involved with the task force. Attend a meeting, be on our e-mailing list, help work on an awareness campaign, or participate in education activities. You can help your workplace develop and implement a Domestic Violence Policy, or invite a Task Force member to speak with your group or organization.
Supporting agencies that work with the task force include: Community Concepts, DHHS, Healthy Oxford Hills, your local law enforcement agencies, the Oxford Hills Clergy Association, Oxford County Chamber of Commerce, R.E.A.C.H.- the Sexual Assault Support Center, Regional School Union#10, River Valley Healthy Communities Coalition and Safe Voices (formerly AWAP).
For more information about the Domestic Violence Task force, please contact Safe Voices at 364-9908 (Rumford) or 743-5806 (Norway).
If you or someone you know needs assistance with domestic violence issues, please call or visit any of the following: Safe Voices: 800-559-2927 or visit www.safevoices.org.
Or contact your local police department in the case of emergency only, 9-1-1.