Martha’s Cottage is the first transitional home for elder victims of abuse in Maine and one of very few such housing options in the country. The renovations of the house – whose exact location is not advertised to protect its residents – were funded through the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence against Women.
The house was named after Martha, who endured decades of abuse from her husband and shared her story to benefit others.
Martha’s Cottage houses older women who are seeking safety from a violent home. Our residents are offered support services to help them transition to a safe and secure setting. There are no costs for our services.
Call us for more information or to access services for yourself or a loved one.
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Elder Service Connections
The Elder Service Connections initiative is an intervention research project. Funding for the 3-year project was received by the State of Maine's Office of Aging and Disability Services' Adult Protective Services (APS) from the U.S. HHS Administration on Community Living.
The project seeks to develop an evidence-based practice to support individuals experiencing elder mistreatment and to address a gap in
services for older victims.
Clients are referred to the program directly by Adult Protective Services.
Advocates provide advocacy and tailored support to clients after their case is closed with APS.
Advocates are employed by the Elder Abuse Institute of Maine, who is a subcontractor to the State.
Clients must be 60 years old or older and at risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation, and/or self-neglect to work with Advocates.
All clients are voluntary and have the right to refuse Advocate services.
Advocates serve Cumberland and Aroostook counties. These two regions were chosen by random sampling as part of the research methodology.
If the client chooses, Advocates can work with the family unit. Advocates will work from a restorative practice framework.
Advocates work with the frameworks of Motivational Interviewing, Teaming, Supportive Decision Making and Restorative Practices. All of our work comes from a client-centered perspective.
Megan Nizza, Advocate (Brunswick) Emily Berrill, Advocate (Brunswick)
Cell: 207/844-1450 Cell: 207/844-1176
Carol Ayoob, Advocate (Presque Isle) Kim Griffeth, Advocate (Presque Isle)
Cell: 207/844-1658 Cell: 207/844-1739