WALDOBORO — New Hope for Women recently sponsored a strangulation awareness training for first responders at the Waldoboro Police Department.

Forty law enforcement officers from Lincoln County attended the presentation. The training, presented by Polly Campbell R.N., director of the Forensic Nurses Program at the office of the Maine Attorney General, covered the physical signs and dangers of strangulation.

A panel discussion followed the presentation. Panel members included Assistant District Attorney Andrew Wright, District Attorney Geoffrey Rushlau, Lincoln County Domestic Violence Investigator Bob McFetridge, New Hope for Women Community Educator Tina Tucker, and Sexual Assault Services of Midcoast Maine Community Educator Michelle Harris.

New Hope for Women offers support to people in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties affected by domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. It also provides important educational resources to assist our communities in creating a safer and healthier future.

In 2013, New Hope for Women (NHFW) served 1,138 clients, provided over 3,300 hours of direct service, 3,200 hours of volunteer hotline coverage, 4,100 hours of community and youth education, and nearly 2,000 hours of education to 76 clients of the certified batterer intervention program. Additionally, NHFW provided 11 safe home nights to eight individuals, and another 796 nights to six individuals in collaboration with the Shelter-Without-Walls program of the Knox County Homeless Coalition.

To learn more about New Hope for Women, visit newhopeforwomen.org or call 800-522-3304.