Press Release

Personal Violence Community Action forum planned for March 6

BUCKSPORT, Maine — Families and residents are inundated on TV, online and across all media with terrible news stories covering the destructive power of bullying, domestic violence and elder abuse. Many of these stories have tragic endings. Lives are destroyed. People are hurt. It affects everyone. Bucksport Bay Healthy Communities Coalition is appealing to all citizens, organizations, schools, churches, businesses and municipalities to come together to understand the impact of the many forms of personal violence; to learn how to intervene to stop it and know the resources that are available to help. The Personal Violence Community Action Forum will be held on Wednesday, March 6th at 6:00 PM at the Bucksport Performing Arts Center, 100 Miles Lane in Bucksport.

The forum will be moderated by Joy Hollowell from WABI – TV. Bucksport High School’s Make a Difference Team will be performing dramatizations on bullying, domestic violence and elder abuse. A panel discussion will include Norm Pachowski, Victim Advocate and Bystander Intervention Trainer; Leslie Linder, DHHS Liaison Educator at Next Step Domestic Violence Program; Julie Ann Mallett, Staff Attorney at Maine Legal Services for the Elderly. Forum participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, offer comments, or suggest ways to prevent and reduce personal violence.

Community norms can be changed with the cooperative effort and commitment by all sectors of the community working together to reclaim the values of mutual respect, tolerance of differences, constructive communication, regard for the rights of others and protection of personal safety. You can make a difference today. Take a stand to end personal violence. Attend the forum and bring this message to your school, workplace, church, neighborhood and family.

For more information on the forum contact Mary Jane Bush at 469-6682.