LePage and Mills tackle growing problem of domestic violence
AUGUSTA (WGME) -- They have butted heads in the past, but today Governor Paul LePage and Attorney General Janet Mills came together to tackle the growing and difficult problem of domestic violence.
According to the Domestic Abuse Prevention Panel, more than half of the homicides in Maine in recent years are linked to domestic violence, with most involving guns.
Governor LePage, who himself ran away at age 11 to escape childhood abuse, says he'll ask legislators to make ankle bracelets a condition of bail for people accused of domestic violence.
"Now you can say they are violating their rights, and maybe that's true, but I believe in taking the safe approach because dead people have no rights. They lost them," says Gov. LePage.
Despite Maine's relatively low crime rate, a recent violence policy center study ranked Maine the ninth highest nationwide for male homicides against women.