BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Domestic violence happens in every neighborhood and to all types of people. For many of us we know someone who is affected by domestic violence. For the Governor, he says he grew up being abused by his father and wants to help stop the violence. Friday he spoke with students at John Bapst challenging them to be part of a movement to stop violence.
Governor Paul LePage said, "What I'm trying to do is make the connection or the correlation between bullying, cyber bullying, and the school environment all the way to domestic violence and domestic violence homicide. Which this region has it fresh in their mind."
Governor LePage points to the domestic violence homicide that occured in Bangor a couple weeks ago. Brooke Locke, a Husson University student, was killed and her ex-boyfriend has been charged with her murder.
"I'm trying to show the connection that it escalates. So there's just no room for it and we can stop it. We the students. We society. We can stop it if we join together but it has to be done together," said LePage.
The Governor shared his own story of abuse and allowed students to ask him questions about his history along with how to deal with issues.
Senior Noah Potvin said, "I think it was definitely inspirational coming from someone who experienced it. And I think it's important that we get the message out and sort of start plant the seed now that if we see something like this to step in."
Here in Maine, an estimated 60,000 women are abused annually. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says every 96 minutes a domestic assault is reported somewhere in Maine.
According to Governor LePage half of Maine's homicides are due to domestic violence.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence there is help. You can call Spruce Run's 24-hour hotline at 1-800-863-9909.