PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Domestic violence assaults in Maine are down, according to state figures. But only slightly from past years.
Domestic violence remains a major issue in all communities around the state.
City leaders in Portland came together Monday with members of Family Crisis Services to mark October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Family Crisis Services provides safe and accessible services to domestic violence victims in Cumberland County. Just last year, it handled more than 6,300, assisting more than 2,500.
"I think the biggest and hardest thing is reaching out and getting that help," said Melissa Savage, a domestic violence survivor who is now driven to help others. "I'm here to show that I got lots of help and I continue to get lots of help and that there is help but the biggest part is reaching out and getting it."
City Hall and police departments around the state will shine purple lights at night to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
If you or someone you know needs help, call Family Crisis Services at 1-800-537-6066.