September 7, 2011

LePage helps launch effort against domestic violence

The Associated Press

FAIRFIELD — Gov. Paul LePage has helped to launch a business-based effort to fight domestic violence.

The governor today spoke at a news conference in Fairfield to announce the program, which is getting $10,000 in state Labor Department funding.

"Toolkits" to be distributed to employers include domestic violence facts, a sample policy for businesses and a video to help businesses of all sizes recognize and respond to domestic violence abusers in the workplace.

The news conference was held at Hammond Tractor, which lost an employee to a domestic violence killing.

LePage called domestic violence a pattern of destructive behavior that has an impact on individuals, communities and the entire state.

Hammond Tractor owner Gary Hammond said Maine companies need to take affirmative action to discourage and reduce acts of domestic violence.

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