Friday, August 21, 2015

No excuse. Ever.

The news has been full of domestic violence lately and none of it is okay. You’ve heard the rhetoric and slogans but maybe you’re not convinced anyone can actually help. There are honestly people out there that care and can help.

Dwight Burtis of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is the Domestic Violence Detective. He can be reached at 207-594-0429 ext. 722 or at

If you would like to talk with an advocate at the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, call 866-834-HELP (866-834-4357), TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine. For more information on what the MCEDV does, visit their website at

If you are not comfortable speaking with law enforcement or a state helpline, New Hope for Women provides victim services locally. NHW staff work to help end domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking, and can help those going through those types of situations right now. Call their toll-free, confidential 24/hour Crisis Hotline: 1-800-522-3304. Your safety is extremely important and NHW can work with you to keep you safe. For more information and resources, visit NHW’s website at

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please don’t wait. Call 9-1-1 and get help.

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