What Does VIP Do?

Improve Inter-Agency Communication

  • Safety audits and monthly advisory council meetings

Develop and Implement New Policies

  • Victims notified upon release of defendants from Jail
  • Courtroom security improved with entry screening and exit strategies
  • Risk assessment and case review teams

Examine and Improve Victim Safety in the Justice System

  • Pro Bono representation of victims in protection from abuse (PFA) matters, in partnership with MSBA Women’s Law Section, Maine Bar Foundation, Volunteer Lawyer’s Project, and Pine Tree Legal Assistance
  • Project 911 Cell - Collecting cell phones for victims
  • Coordinate use of alarm systems for victims
  • Coordinate Electronic Monitoring and Victim Notification Project
  • Safety planning and multi-disciplinary intervention through the High Risk Response Team

Hold Offenders Accountable

  • Domestic Violence Court Case Coordination Project Judicial Monitoring
  • Community Supervision by Maine Pretrial Case Manager and Department of Corrections Domestic Violence Probation Officer, including home visits to monitor compliance with conditions of release or probation
  • Use of Electronic Monitoring for appropriate cases

Provide Outreach and Services for Victims in Underserved Populations

  • Advocacy and outreach to Latino victims of sexual assault
  • Support for coordination of agencies providing services to trafficking and commercial sex exploitation victims
  • Advocacy, support, and re-entry planning for incarcerated victims
  • Advocacy, crisis intervention, case management, support groups, and housing assistance for victims in later life
  • Language line services and interpretation services