This week’s issue includes two stories that bring attention to the fact that October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and we are pleased to see organizations like New Hope for Women working to send the message that violence in the home is never OK.

This year, New Hope and students at the Waldo County Technical Center teamed with local businesses to craft large wooden signs made to look like purple ribbons that simply read, “End domestic violence.”

The signs will be posted throughout Waldo and Knox counties, largely in locations where businesses and police departments have agreed to display purple lights in recognition of the month-long public awareness campaign. But perhaps the most striking locations will be in Brooks and Morrill, as they will memorialize two local women who lost their lives at the hands of their partners this summer.

Two will be placed in Brooks in honor of Deborah Littlefield, whose husband has since been charged with her murder. Two more will be displayed at the veterans’ memorial in Morrill to honor the life of Pamela Green, who was strangled to death, allegedly at the hands of her live-in boyfriend.

The deaths of both women shocked the community, and our hearts go out to the families of both victims, who are undoubtedly still grieving.

The feelings of great sadness and loss that families are left with in the wake of such crimes is evident in another effort from New Hope, “An Empty Place at the Table,” which was on display at the Belfast Free Library last week. The powerful display, which memorializes local women who were killed by their partners while trying to leave, is especially emotional this year because of the addition of a high chair that belonged to 9-week-old Ava Gushee, who died at her father’s hands in 2008.

New Hope community educator Ellie Hutchinson said Ava’s family wanted her to have a place at the memorial table because they wanted people to remember the child they loved, the infant they lost long before her time.

We hope that remembering Ava, and all of those who died at the hands of someone who was supposed to love them, might help their families heal. And maybe one day, remembering will help to prevent one person from acting violently towards their wife, husband or child.

Stopping domestic violence is a slow and painstaking effort, and we commend those who work, one day at a time, to eliminate it. Hutchinson said it best when addressing the prominence of the problem in Maine.

“If I could just work myself out of a job, I would be so happy,” she said.

We would, too.