Governor Paul LePage called it “tough reading.”
He’s talking about a report from the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel. It shows what so many abuse survivors and those working to help them already know—abusers can kill you.
The report found there were 48 homicides in Maine in 2010 and 2011 and 21 were domestic violence-related. The overwhelming majority of victims were women and even some children.
So what’s being done about it?
In Maine, lawmakers have passed legislation that denies bail to abusers with a documented history of violence.
The Governor has also created a task force to explore electronic monitoring as a way to track offenders and perhaps prevent the violence.
The measures are better than nothing, but the violence will end when our communities and our culture say ‘NO MORE’.
The Governor calls it tough reading, imagine living it.
Read more on the report.
If you need help:
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
There are more resources and information here.
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