Family Violence Project, the domestic violence resource center serving Kennebec and Somerset counties, invites the community to join in recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout October.

The organization, which provides a comprehensive array of services and programs to respond to those experiencing and affected by domestic abuse and violence, has collaborated with community-based task force groups to offer vigil events in Skowhegan and Augusta.

The Kennebec County Vigil is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at Capitol Park at 33 Union St. in Augusta. This event is organized through the Kennebec County Domestic Violence Task Force, in partnership with Family Violence Project.

The Somerset County Vigil was held Oct. 7 at Coburn Park in Skowhegan. This event was organized through the Somerset County Domestic Violence Task Force, in partnership with Family Violence Project.

In addition to vigils, Family Violence Project has organized its fifth annual Race to End Domestic Violence, scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, in person at Kennebec Valley Community College, 15 Stanley Road, Hinckley. The event also will be held virtually. The cost is $25 for an individual, or $20/person for those who are part of a team.

To sign up, visit Those interested in taking part in the 5K, but are being kept back because of finances, can contact Michelle Leclair, community awareness and prevention educator, at 207-623-8637 ext. 307 or [email protected].

For many years, communities across Maine have gathered to honor those whose lives were lost and recognize survivors of domestic violence and abuse. The community vigil, usually held outside in a public space, invites all those who feel an affinity or who wish to stand in support to gather as one. Some people bring along candles, while others may choose to say a few words. The reading of poetry, singing of songs, or naming of those who have died may be a part of the brief ceremony. Community leaders, standing alongside survivors and neighbors, speak briefly about how the community is working to end domestic abuse and violence.

Throughout October, public libraries across Kennebec and Somerset counties will display reading materials related to domestic abuse, and FVP will emphasize survivor safety on its social media platforms and in all community-related engagements.

Advocates for those or their loved ones experiencing abuse are always available for free, confidential support by calling 1-877-890-7788.

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