Recent Bedford Tragedy Puts Focus on Domestic Violence

The recent murder of a Bedford woman in York, Maine shook our community. Here is a link to the Boston Globe story: Bedford woman who was beaten died on her favorite beach in MaineThe Boston Globe, March 29, 2021

Resources Available in Bedford  

The Bedford Police Departments maintains a page of Domestic Violence Resources

Health Department Director Heidi Porter sent a list of other resources available here in town,

Fostering Resilience in Children Who Experience the Devastating Impact of Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Support Network Webinar
Wednesday, March 31, 7-8 pm
On Wednesday, March 31st from 7-8 pm DVSN is offering a webinar titled on Fostering Resilience in Children Who Experience the Devastating Impact of Domestic Violence. Registration is required:

Domestic Violence Services Network, Inc. (DVSN) provides community advocacy and safety planning for anyone who calls in or is referred for help and support by law enforcement partners. They have been a tremendous partner in providing confidential support, advocacy, and resources to the Bedford community.

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Statistics, in Massachusetts and in the United States

Last weekend’s incident on Sandy Rocks Beach is a stark reminder of how prevalent domestic violence is in our society.

  • In Massachusetts, 33.9% of women and 31.7% of Massachusetts men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence, and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.   Domestic Violence in MASSACHUSETTS Fact Sheet
  • According to the NCADV (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence ) on average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. In  one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.


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