Posted: September 27, 2013 | Senator Cain
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Award will be presented at the Blaine House


AUGUSTA – Sen. Emily Ann Cain (D-Orono) will be honored by the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence (MCEDV) for her longstanding commitment to ending domestic violence in Maine on Thursday, October 3, at a Blaine House Tea event.


“It is a great honor to be recognized by such a remarkable organization,” said Senator Cain. “MCEDV works tirelessly to support victims, advocate for change, and erase the scourge of domestic violence in Maine. For me, this is an opportunity to reflect on some of the work we have done together over the years, and the work we still have left to do.”


Senator Cain has sponsored numerous bills relating to domestic violence during her four terms in the Maine House of Representatives, and during her current term in the Maine Senate. This session, she sponsored two bills that became laws. One measure increases access to batterer intervention programs, and the other improves domestic violence prevention training for mental health workers.  Prior bills included improvements in management of bail, effective prosecution of strangulation, and the introduction of evidence-based risk assessment methods.


“Senator Cain has been at the forefront of the legislative response to domestic violence, successfully introducing bills to reduce homicide and serious assault, improve training for responders, and provide support for services for victims, children and communities,” said Julia Colpitts, Executive Director of MCEDV. “Her ability to work collaboratively and build consensus was a large part of the success of these bills.”


The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence is the statewide domestic violence advocacy organization. Their mission is “to create and encourage a social, political, and economic environment in which domestic violence no longer exists, and to ensure that all people affected by domestic abuse and violence are supported and that batterers are held accountable.”