Vision, Mission, Philosophy


The vision of the Family Violence Project is a community where violence is unacceptable and people treat each other with respect.


The mission of the Family Violence Project is to end domestic abuse in Kennebec and Somerset counties.


  • Abuse of power and control to get one’s needs met violates the rights of individuals, negatively impacts entire communities, and is unacceptable. Perpetrators of abuse are solely responsible for their actions.
  • Historically, certain groups have held legal, economic and social power over others; this imbalance continues to obstruct equality in relationships.
  • Any person can be the victim of intimate partner violence regardless of age, national origin, ability, marital status, race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military status, ethnicity or class.
  • Domestic violence takes many forms including physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, economic, intellectual, and spiritual abuse.
  • Domestic abuse harms children, other family members, pets, and the greater community.
  • Through support, information and encouragement, survivors of abuse have the potential to reclaim their lives.
  • All of society must be accountable by clearly demonstrating to perpetrators of abuse that domestic violence and abuse is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
  • We are all responsible for modeling non-violent behavior. To do so, we will use power responsibly, manage conflict constructively, and share leadership. We encourage individual responsibility for personal and organizational action and growth.
  • We believe that a coordinated community response with diverse community partners is crucial to building a community which promotes respect and safety for all.
  • Above all, we must recognize the complexity of domestic violence and advocate on behalf of those we serve.