The nonprofit Discovering Our Voices helps break the cycle of home violence in Maine
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Placing a face on home violence is the mission of a nonprofit working to interrupt the cycle of home abuse in Maine.
This comes per week forward of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Survivors are placing up banners in storefronts in Brunswick, Yarmouth, Falmouth, and Portland that function portraits and phrases of 40 Maine ladies, ages 18 to 81, all of who’re home abuse survivors.
Patrisha McLean is a photojournalist who began the nonprofit Finding Our Voices after leaving an abusive marriage to musician Don McLean of “American Pie” fame. Now greater than 1,600 posters are up in storefronts throughout Maine.
“They’re placing their faces on the market to assist different ladies acknowledge the necessity to depart and heal from what they went by,” McLean stated.
Messages of power and braveness are additionally on show at this strip mall in Yarmouth. Survivors Eliza Conley-Lepene and Kerry Bowman are among the many survivors depicted on the banners. Conley-Lepene created an app to assist different individuals in disaster.
20,00 bookmarks with home violence helpline info have additionally been distributed in libraries, excessive colleges, and medical doctors’ workplaces.
The bookmarks are additionally being positioned in bins in additional than two dozen meals pantries and within the police cruisers of 40 completely different police departments. Officers can cross them out when responding to home abuse calls.
“Girls textual content us each day thanking us, saying it makes them really feel much less alone, it takes away the disgrace,” McLean stated.
She hopes the marketing campaign is a primary step to getting assist and leaving an abusive relationship.
The Maine Statewide Disaster Hotline quantity is 1-888-568-1112.
For extra info on home violence assets and applications go here.