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4th annual 'Bangor Walks to End Abuse' happening downtown

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Communities across the nation are joining together to recognize the existence of domestic violence – and Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance in Bangor is holding their “4th annual Bangor Walks to End Abuse.”

The goal is to help create communities where domestic abuse and dating abuse are things of the past.  Where people can thrive in healthy relationships and live without isolation and fear.

This annual event is to walk together in support of survivors, to remember those whose lives have been taken, and make a statement that the community will not tolerate abuse.

Hear this staggering statistic: Officials say 50% of the homicides in Maine are related to domestic abuse.

Spruce Run organizers say domestic violence is a community issue. It is not only in our homes; it is in our schools, our hospitals, our workplaces.

It affects women and men; people of any age, ability, faith, or ethnic background; people who are rich or poor. Abuse can rob people of their inner strength, damage self-respect, and slowly chip away at  self-confidence. This awareness walk event will kick-off at West Market Square in Downtown Bangor at 11:30 AM. The actual walk starts at noon. Coordinators are asking participants to wear “purple” to help raise awareness about domestic violence.

Abuse affects all of us in some way during our lifetime. Spruce Run’s 24-hour hotline is available to anyone affected by domestic abuse to talk about their situation and explore their options. The number is 1-800-863-9909.