CAPE ELIZABETH — With October being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, organizations by Cumberland County have proven support for survivors and victims, together with Cape Elizabeth.
Through These Doors, a home violence useful resource heart that serves Cumberland County, desires the general public to concentrate on home violence and know that everybody performs a person function in addressing and ending the issue, stated Rebecca Hobbs, govt director.
“We all have a role to play in addressing and ending this problem,” Hobbs stated. “It’s not up to professionals solely, but as neighbors and friends, as coworkers. Each one of us can see when we’re concerned about somebody who we might think is a victim, and we might be able to see if we think someone is a perpetrator. And there are things we can all do.”
Since 1977, Through These Doors has expanded, participating with neighborhood companions, and offers particular person providers in addition to a full vary of neighborhood education and coaching in colleges, regulation enforcement businesses, and workplaces, Hobbs stated.
“Now we have 35 staff members and are doing lots of work to support victims and survivors of abuse and also to change common attitudes and beliefs and coordinate responses so that we’re all doing the best we can to keep people in Cumberland County safe from domestic violence,” she stated.
Through These Doors offers particular person help by a helpline, Hobbs stated. In the middle’s 2019 fiscal 12 months report, there have been over 5,300 helpline calls made.
In 2020, Through These Doors has a number of targets for October of 2020 in an effort to broaden home violence data, Hobbs stated.
“When someone is abusive, you’ll often see they are showing controlling behaviors of their partner.” she stated. “They’re attempting to control where they go, who they see, what they do, maybe what they wear, maybe what they eat. Those controlling and dominating behaviors are tactics of abuse and sometimes they show up in public places, or if you know someone well, you can start to see those. And you have an op to talk to the person exhibiting the behaviors and say, I see what you’re doing that’s not ok. Or to talk to the person living with it and say, I’m concerned about you — how can I help?”
Through These Doors is partnering with Portland City Hall, Cumberland County, native enterprise house owners, regulation enforcement businesses, well being care services, municipalities, and neighborhood members in Purple Light Nights, a world marketing campaign, she stated.
“The idea is to increase awareness of domestic violence through something that’s relatively easy to do, which is just shining purple lights,” Hobbs stated.
The Cape Elizabeth Police Department has displayed purple lights in entrance of the station in support, stated Police Chief Paul Fenton. Officers are additionally carrying purple ribbons on their uniforms.
Besides the Purple Light Nights, a number of different digital occasions and consciousness campaigns are going down by Cumberland County, Hobbs stated. Through These Doors’s social media accounts will play an enormous function in spreading consciousness.
The Thomas Memorial Library’s web site accommodates a useful resource information and beneficial studying part, stated library director Rachel Davis.
With one among its 2020 targets being to prioritize variety, inclusion, and intersectionality, Through These Doors can be collaborating within the White Ribbon Campaign, which seeks to have interaction males in efforts to finish gender-based violence, the group stated.
Through These Doors can be translating consciousness posters unfold all through Cumberland County organizations and companies into six totally different languages, Hobbs stated.
Hobbs recommends individuals affected by home violence to name Through These Doors’s confidential hotline, 1-800-537-6066, she stated.
“Our advocates are nonjudgmental,” she stated. “They are not telling people what they should do. I think sometimes someone has to be leaving the relationship or the home in order to reach out to us for support and that is not true. That phone call is free, confidential, and can even be anonymous.”
She added, “Sometimes it’s easier to talk to someone who doesn’t have the same history as perhaps a family member who’s perhaps been listening to the story for a while. That can be helpful, too.”
People involved in Through These Doors or home violence education may go to www.throughthesedoors.org.