BANGOR – There have been nearly a dozen homicide cases in Maine so far this year.
“At this point, we are at 11 this year. At this point last year, we were at 15. So we are running behind where we were last year but last year we also ended the year with 20,” said Steve McCausland, spokesman for Maine Department of Public Safety.
McCausland said police are working around the state to try to get the numbers down. He also said Maine’s historical average is 25 homicides a year.
“Typically in Maine you’re far more likely to be the victim of a homicide by someone who loves you,” McCausland said.
Police say six out of the 11 homicide cases are related to domestic violence and there are ways to seek help.
“If you feel you’re a victim of domestic violence, you need to reach out for help, and there are a number of places in the state where you can get that help,” McCausland said.
Partners for Peace in Bangor is one organization that provides support to anyone who has been affected by abuse or violence.
“Partners for Peace is really important just to help that victim and let them know they are not alone,” said Candace Sabol, the High Risk Response Advocate. “Not only are other people experiencing this in the community and the world but there are trained advocates who are willing and ready to help.”
Sabol explained they have many different services to provide, and their main service is a free and confidential 24-hour helpline.
“I know that it can be really hard to make that call but we are here,” Sabol said.
She said they also understand everyone’s experience is different.
“Once we start working with somebody that is impacted by abuse and violence we really let them lead the way with what might be most helpful to them,” Sabol said.