Education & Awareness Programs

We offer prevention, education, and training programs that promote social change by teaching children and adults about the benefits of nonviolence and respect within any relationship.

Community Education & Outreach

Community education includes presentations to groups such as businesses, civic groups, faith-based organizations, law enforcement, healthcare, and other providers to raise awareness about domestic violence’s impact on individuals and communities.

Our community outreach supports developing a coordinated community response to violence through events such as speak-outs and other domestic violence awareness activities; and coordinating and engaging with community-based groups, such as task forces.

Community-based domestic violence task force groups meet in Kennebec and Somerset Counties to provide a means for service providers to network and support one another to better coordinate efforts in addressing and responding to domestic violence.

School-based Prevention Programs

Family Violence Project Prevention Programs have been developed by our staff, in consultation with Maine teachers, child development specialists, and the Maine Department of Education. The programs are designed to benefit the entire school community, including students, staff, and administrators. All of our programs work toward the same goals, including responsible decision-making, healthy relationships with others, how to help yourself and others, and raising awareness about the effects of domestic violence. Take a look at an overview of our prevention programs and their long term goals:

Program/Grade Children Will: Adolescents and Adults will:
Bear Thoughts
Learn to share Share decisions with a partner
Frog Thoughts
Learn to accept others’ differences as natural Believe in equality without judgment or oppression.
Hands Are Not For Hitting
Kindergarten-Grade 1
Learn to not hurt others with actions or words Understand healthy ways to express anger
The Power of One
Grades 2-3
Learn to understand bullying behaviors Know that we are all accountable for our behaviors
Respectful Connections
Grades 4-6
Learn to communicate respectfully Accept people as they are, without trying to change or control them.
Connecting to Me
Grades 7-8
Learn to have high expectations and self-esteem Seek to give and receive respect in relationships
Healthy Relationships
Grades 9-12
Learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships Differentiate between love and abuse

Menswork & Certified Batterer Intervention Program

The Menswork Program is a Maine Certified Batterer Intervention Program (CBIP) serving Kennebec and Somerset Counties. It is a cognitive-behavioral education program that meets weekly for 48 weeks. The Menswork Program seeks to inspire participants to develop belief systems that facilitate nonviolence.

Rolling Intakes for Menswork are held weekly, 30 minutes before each class at the respective class site. No appointment is necessary. For more information about Menswork, please contact us at 207-620-8494. To view a list of Maine CBIPS provided by the Maine Department of Corrections, please click here.

Augusta Classes
Tuesday – 5:00 – 6:30 PM & 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Friday – 12:00 – 1:30 PM.
Saturday – 8:00 – 9:30 AM

South Parish Congregational Church
9 Church St.
Augusta, ME 04330

Waterville Classes
Thursday – 5:00 – 6:30 PM & 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Friday – 9:00 – 10:30 AM

Centerpoint Community Church
155 W. River Rd.
Waterville, ME 04901

Skowhegan Classes
Wednesday – 3:00 – 4:30 PM, 5:00 – 6:30 PM,
& 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Skowhegan Federated Church
13 Island Ave.
Skowhegan, ME 04976