Wednesday, 23 April 2014 22:27

Child Abuse Prevention Month

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BANGOR - Community members working to end the domestic abuse of children, are getting their due notice.


"The organizations that we are recognizing here today," said U.S. District Attorney, Thomas E. Delahanty.  "Take these kids in and work with them as far as their academics are concerned as well."


To honor advocates for spreading domestic abuse awareness, The U.S. Attorney's Office hosted a ceremony.


"Accept shelter and accept safety," said Sally Tardiff, Executive Director of the Shaw House.  "There are people out there who really care."


One theme of the event: domestic abuse is not just a civil complaint, like it was decades ago.


"When I first joined the police department, we didn't look at domestic violence as a crime," Retired Bangor Police Chief Don Winslow said.  "We looked at it as a family issue."


Don Winslow, began an approach to domestic abuse that is still in use today.


"Police departments now have dedicated investigators that work with the victims," said Winslow.  "That feels good when you see the work that you did is still being used."


Another mantra is that change comes from within the community.


"We can't make it those kids, not our problem," said Marjorie Withers, Director of Community Caring and Collaborative in Washington County.  "It's our problem and that is what makes people passionate."


"That's something that Mainers do really well."


In this case, makes the old adage 'it takes a village to raise a child', true.

Patrick Thomas

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Patrick is a Southern boy at heart and was raised in Gadsden, Alabama, an hour northeast of Birmingham, AL. He is a General Assignment Reporter for ABC 7/FOX 22, having joined the news team in March 2014 and has a passion for getting to know the issues that affect the lives of Bangor and Maine residents. He is from small town America too so don’t be afraid to approach him with story ideas and questions. His passion for Broadcast News began at a young age and is now living out his dream.

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