Finding Our Voices says it is breaking the silence of domestic abuse in a big way during Domestic Abuse Awareness month of October with survivor-powered activities across Knox and Waldo counties and Maine.

On three Thursdays in October, Finding Our Voices is collaborating with the Maine Humanities Council for a discussion series on Domestic Violence, Creativity, and Resilience. These online discussions from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. are free and the public can register for one or more by emailing Patrisha McLean, founder/president of Finding Our Voices, at

Oct. 6 features author/illustrator Rebekah Lowell of Biddeford discussing her middle-grade novel in verse “The Road to After” about a young girl who discovers life and the soothing power of nature after being freed from her abusive father.

Oct. 13, the discussion is centered around Deborah Gould from Brunswick and her novel “Household” which is also centered around domestic abuse.

Liz Cutler, artist, and founder/director of ArtWaves, MDI’s only community arts center, leads the Oct. 20 discussion.

The conversations will be facilitated by Sarah Firth and joined by Patrisha McLean.

In Belfast, the Finding Our Voices exhibit continues at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center through Oct. 26. This exhibit includes Patrisha McLean’s 43 photo portraits of survivors, aged 18 to 81 and including many Midcoast women as well as Governor Janet T. Mills. The exhibit also includes documentation of some of what the women transcended. Hours of the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Gallery are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Scarborough Public Library is hosting a Survivor-Speaks panel discussion on how domestic violence affects the children, at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, in addition to an exhibit of all 43 Finding Our Voices posters.

The Camden Public Library and Scarborough Public Library are both distributing the Finding Our Voices bookmarks through the month of October.

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