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Neighbors work to end domestic violence

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 44, October 31, 2001

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

BROWNVILLE JUNCTION Although the number was small, the effect was still to provide healing and hope to those touched by domestic violence.

Oct. 27 marked the second annual Breakfast and Memorial Prayer Service hosted by the Milo-Brownville Neighbors Against Domestic Violence. After a breakfast, home made by volunteers from the church, about a dozen people gathered to hear special music, a survivor's story and an open time of sharing, followed by a memorial candle service.

"It's not about filling up every seat," said Volunteer Don Hayes. "It's about (helping) one person."

At the event, the Clothes Line project and several "silent witnesses" were displayed.

The Clothes Line Project is made up of T-shirts with various messages or pictures on them. Some shirts are memorials to those who have died and others are the testimonials of those who have been abused, beaten or raped.

Silent witnesses are wooden silhouettes with the names and stories of Maine women who have been killed as a result of domestic violence.

"When you're in domestic violence," said volunteer Glenna Dean, "it's not just you that is threatened." Your children, your family, and your friends also suffer, she explained.

Milo-Brownville Neighbors Agains Domestic Violence is a community support group of volunteers, established in 1998, who work in conjunction with Womancare and their own churches to give victims someone to talk to and, if needed, a way out.

"It might seem like we're not doing a lot because we're not out in the open... and really obvious," explained Hayes. "But we let people in the town know we're here. We're not here to blow our own horn. We're here to help our community."

Dean explained that they were not activists, they were there to support those involved in domestic violence by showing they how they can receive help.

In May of 2001, the task force was awarded a 2000 Community Service Award from Womancare/Aegis Association for their efforts in Piscataquis and southwestern Penobscot counties. They have also received certificates from Kiwanis, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, and others.

Right now, the group is workign on getting an organization started in the Greenville area. Those interested in becoming involved in any aspect of the tast force can attend the group meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 pm at the Pleasant Park Community Building in Milo.

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.