Since 1998, Cumberland County Government’s Violence Intervention Partnership (VIP) has coordinated our community response to domestic violence. Project partners are the District Attorney’s Office, Family Crisis Services, the Sheriff’s Office and Jail, Maine Pretrial Services, the District II Police Chiefs, the Department of Corrections, Department of Health and Human Services Elder Protective Services, United Somali Women of Maine, the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine.
The work of the Violence Intervention Partnership is guided by a project Advisory Council, including our project partners as well as representatives from the judiciary, law enforcement, bail commissioners, batterer’s intervention programs, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, United States Attorney’s Office, communities of faith, Maine Medical Center, local universities, Catholic Charities Maine, and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Our goals are to:
1) keep domestic violence victims safe in the community;
2) hold the offenders accountable; and
3) change how our community thinks about domestic violence.
“Though grant money is limited, the improvement to public safety provided by these programs is priceless.” --Editorial, Portland Press Herald, October 1, 2004
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