With Maggie, Missy, and Francine
There are many layers to liberation from domestic abuse. Each person’s path is different and complex.
Through the work of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, and its member Domestic Violence Resource Centers, survivors receive a comprehensive array of support and resources. DVRC advocates work closely with survivors to develop safety plans and reduce barriers that stand in the way of achieving safety.
One program, The Liberation Fund, complements these services, enabling advocates to help in immediate and practical ways. This can be a key component of a survivor’s ability to enact their safety plan and establish freedom. Since 2020, more than 1,300 survivors across Maine have benefited from the Liberation Fund.
Many survivors who leave an abusive partner do so without the basic necessities that will allow them to provide for themselves and their children, such as clothing, food, and personal documents. Starting over can be further complicated when a survivor does not have furniture, appliances, or other items that help make a new house become a home. The Liberation Fund provides for these personal needs, offering survivors and their children immediate relief and support.
In this episode, I talk with Francine Garland Stark, the Executive Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Missy, and Maggie who have generously agreed to share the personal stories of their journey to liberation.
Helpline Numbers for Maine
- Statewide Domestic Abuse Helpline: 1-866-834-HELP
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 1-800-437-1220
Links to Check Out:
- Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) Website
- Donate to the Liberation Fund and Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence
- Powerful Short Video and Information about the Liberation Fund
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