- temporary emergency shelter and transitional housing: The availability of shelters, safe homes, and transitional housing units is critical to the safety of those who might otherwise remain in or return to abusive situations due to lack of economic and housing alternatives.
- referrals and information: Referrals and Information about community resources are avialable to meet the special needs of individuals..
- court advocacy: Advocates help with Protection from Abuse Orders and Parental Rights and Responsibilities and Pro Se Divorce forms. Other services are available contact your local project
- support groups: Survivors share their problems, offer encouragement in making difficult life choices, and provide support toward personal growth. These groups offer safety planning information, encouragement, hope and strength.
- batterer’s education groups: Forty-eight week behavioral change educational programs certified and monitored by the Department of Corrections to help batterers examine controlling behaviors and their belief systems, which batterers use to give themselves permission to abuse. The goal of Batterers’ Intervention Programs is to work toward the safety of victims and hold batterers accountable for their actions.
- outreach and community education: Community Education strategies influence community norms as well as increase public awareness about specific issues and problems related to domestic abuse, attract community support for other program efforts, reinforce the necessity for healthy relationships, and keep the public informed about program progress. Training is available for law enforcement agencies, schools, social service providers, faith communities, judicial system personnel, medical professionals, businesses, and state and local entities.
- school based education: Each project has designed their program to educate and inform youth and adults about the issue of Teen Dating Abuse as well as what is healthy and unhealthy behavior in relationships.
- specialized children’s programming: Contact your local project to find out what specialized programs they offer for children exposed to domestic violence.
- public policy: MCEDV advocates on behalf of battered women through policy development and legislative initiatives that support battered women and hold batterers accountable.
Most services are free of charge. All projects offer additional services. Call your local domestic violence resource center for information. (click Maine Domestic Violence Programs in the navigation bar for a state wide list)