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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing

Mission: To provide support and advocacy

Programs: Individual advocacy and crisis response services: one-to-one assistance to victims of domestic violence and concerned others, accessed through a 24-hour hotline or in person, for the purpose of helping individuals at risk from domestic abuse as well as others in crisis to increase their safety, maximize their capability to act on their own behalf, and to have a greater sense of power over their lives. The program also includes educational groups, transitional housing/services, availability at outreach offices in the outlying areas, emergency shelter, and possible help with transportation. During fy 2011, 452 people were served (396 women, 29 men, 22 children, 5 youth victims); 1,085 face-to-face contacts, and 920 hotline calls.

community education/community response program (ce/cr): efforts are focused on preventing domestic violence; alleviating the effects of such violence, and changing societal attitudes and behaviors in relation to domestic violence through such activities as information dissemination, education, training, advocacy for changes in relavant civil, governmental, and penal systems, and collaboration/monitoring of the community's response to domestic violence. This program is divided between school-base

legal services program: provides comprehensive civil legal and support services to individuals who have experienced domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking. The legal advocate assists victims/survivors with filling out necessary paperwork (family matters), provides court advocacy, and/or, makes appropriate referrals to the penquis law project, which provides legal services for low- and moderate-income residents of penobscot, piscataquis, and knox counties. Advocates assist with filling o

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