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U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank Announces Federal Grants to Fight Violence against Women in Maine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maine

PORTLAND, Maine: U.S. Attorney Halsey Frank today announced the Department of Justice has awarded more than $5.5 million in federal funding for groups that are committed to ending violence against women in Maine.

The funding that was announced by the Department’s Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) will be distributed among almost a dozen groups around the state and is detailed in the table below:


Award Amount

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault


Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence


University of Maine System

(acting through University of Southern Maine)


University of Maine System

(acting through University of Maine at Farmington)


New Hope for Women


Caring Unlimited


Partners for Peace


Maine Department of Health & Human Services


State of Maine


Wabanaki Women’s Coalition


U.S. Attorney Frank earlier this week announced the award of a $770,467 grant to the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township to battle domestic violence.

“I am very pleased to learn of the announcement of this funding,” Frank said. “Although great strides have been made in raising awareness about the problem of domestic violence in Maine, much more work remains to be done. It is my hope that this federal funding will help these Maine organizations in their ongoing efforts to end violence against women here in Maine.”

“It is absolutely essential, as a society, to work together to prevent violence,” said OVW Principal Deputy Director Laura Rogers. “We are proud to do our part to support the people of Maine as we all join together to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable for their crimes.”

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at


Jim Cyr
Public Information Officer
Tel: (207) 780-3257

Updated October 1, 2020

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