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Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence cases are very sensitive because the perpetrators are often the spouse, former spouse, or significant other of the victim. We established a Domestic Violence Unit in July 1999 in order to handle the unique issues that are part of all domestic violence cases.

In the criminal justice system in Maine, Domestic Violence in and of itself is not a criminal statute, but used as language with other crimes (ie: assault, criminal threatening, terrorizing, etc.) to define the relationship involved between the defendant and the victim.

Examples of Domestic Violence

  • Assault
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Criminal Threatening
  • Kidnapping
  • Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Terrorizing
  • Violation of a Protection from Abuse Order

Defining Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a crime committed between family or household members. By law, family or household members are defined as:

“. . . spouses or domestic partners or former spouses or former domestic partners, individuals presently or formerly living as spouses, natural parents of the same child, [related] adult household members . . . or minor children of any household member when the offender is an adult household member. . .” Domestic violence and substance abuse are often intimately linked and occur simultaneously. In fact, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, substance abuse is involved in approximately half of all intimate partner violence.

Workplace Safety Plan

Domestic violence does not mean the violence remains at home. It follows its victims wherever they go. Work is a predictable place where a victim is sure to be found. The workplace, however,  can also be a refuge and help a victim find his or her a way out. Because of this reality, employers are legally, morally, and fiscally obligated to address domestic violence in their workplaces. An employer has a legal obligation to provide a safe workplace. One way to to do this is to develop a Workplace Safety Plan.