Governor Baldacci Proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness MonthOctober 01, 2006 - TRCAUGUSTA - Governor John E. Baldacci and First Lady Karen Baldacci hosted the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence Thursday afternoon for a reception at the Blaine House. The Governor has proclaimed the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the State of Maine.“Domestic violence, as you know, does not just take place behind the closed doors of the victims’ and abusers’ doors,” said Governor Baldacci, “but it happens in the workplace and elsewhere in our society.”At the reception at the Blaine House, the Projects and Coalition staff honored community members who have contributed to end domestic abuse in Maine.“We have come a long way in just a few short years, much to your credit as a network of advocates,” said the Governor. “Yet, we have a long way to go. Too many women and children are being victimized and each story is tragic and compelling.”At the reception, Governor Baldacci mentioned a new federal grant of $1 million that will enable nearly 30 high quality domestic violence programs to expand their service.“There is more we can do,” said Governor Baldacci. “I appreciate your leadership and collaboration as we continue to do our best to eradicate domestic violence.”CONTACT: Crystal Canney, 287-2531, (cell) 557-5968 Dan Cashman, 287-2531, (cell) 837-4821NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.