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 and 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 the impact of domestic violence on individuals and communities.
Our community outreach supports the development of 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 in order 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:|
|Learn to share||Share decisions with a partner|
|Learn to accept others’ differences as natural||Believe in equality without judgment or oppression|
|Hands Are Not For Hitting
|Learn to not hurt others with actions or words||Understand healthy ways to express anger|
|The Power of One
|Learn to understand bullying behaviors||Know that we are all accountable for our behaviors|
|Learn to communicate respectfully||Accept people as they are, without trying to change or control them|
|Connecting to Me
|Learn to have high expectations and self-esteem||Seek to give and receive respect in relationships|
|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 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.
Wednesday – 9 a.m., 5 p.m. & 7 p.m., Saturday – 7:30 a.m.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
209 Eastern Avenue
Thursday – 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
United Methodist Church
61 Pleasant Street
Thursday – 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Somerset County Jail
5 Commerce Drive