What Does VIP Do?

What does VIP do?
Improve Inter-Agency Communication
  • Safety audits
  • Monthly advisory council meetings
  • Quarterly domestic violence court advisory 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
  • 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
  • Use of Electronic Monitoring for appropriate cases
Provide Outreach and Services for Victims in Underserved Populations
  • Advocacy and outreach to multicultural 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
  • Language line services and interpretation services
  • Education to community partners around stalking, risk assessment and domestic and sexual abuse
  • Transitional support for survivors in high risk situations