Governor Paul LePage joined the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) at the Blaine House for their annual tea and awards ceremony to kick-off Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The ceremony recognized six men in Maine for their work to prevent domestic violence. Governor LePage was also recognized for his efforts to end domestic violence in Maine.
During the ceremony, Governor LePage read and signed a proclamation declaring the month October 2012 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Maine.
In addition to Governor LePage, the ceremony also recognized Sergeant William Bonney of the Waterville Police Department, Matthew Perry of Family Crisis Services, Daniel Walters of A Call to Men, Arthur Jette of Womancare, the Executive Vice President of Franklin Community Health Network, Gerald Cayer, and Male Athletes Against Violence group at the University of Maine in Orono, for their efforts to stop domestic violence.
“It is important for more men to become involved in ending domestic abuse,” said Arthur Jette, one of the ceremony’s honorees. “Hopefully by recognizing the men who are taking a stand, it will encourage more men to step forward to help stop domestic violence.”