AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is directing $10,000 from a state contingency fund to help complete a memorial for murder victims.
The Republican governor announced the donation during a ceremony at the State House on Wednesday.
LePage is also declaring October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The groundbreaking for the Maine Murder Victims' Memorial was Sunday at the Catholic Holy Family Cemetery in Augusta.
LePage has made domestic violence awareness a key issue in his administration since taking office. On Wednesday, LePage urged Maine men to continue fighting to eradicate domestic abuse violence against women.
The governor's office says that six of the 17 homicides that have taken place in Maine this year have been related to domestic violence.