New Hope for Women and eight other domestic violence resource centers across the state ask churches and other community buildings to ring their bells for two minutes at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

“We remember and honor the lives of Mainers lost this summer and over the years due to domestic violence,” said Julia Colpitts, Executive Director of Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, “and the nine domestic violence projects are issuing a call to action to the general community.”

“The bell ringing is a call to remembrance and action. It is a moment to reflect on lives that have been lost, and give voice to those who have been silenced by domestic and dating violence. It is also an opportunity to commit to being a part of positive change in our communities,” said New Hope for Women Community Education Director, Meg Klingelhofer, in a news release.

If you or someone you care about is in abusive relationship, or to find out how to become a community partner in ending domestic and dating violence, please call this confidential 24-hour hotline at 1-800-522-3304.