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
  • Free alarm systems for Portland area victims
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
  • Protection from Abuse Information Project where the Pretrial Case Manager explains the PFA process and the conditions of the Protection Order to defendants
Provide Outreach and Services for Victims in Underserved Populations
  • Advocacy and outreach to victims of trafficking and commercial sex exploitation
  • Advocacy, support, and re-entry planning for incarcerated victims
  • Advocacy, crisis intervention, case management, support groups, and housing assistance for elder victims by the project's elder abuse victim specialist
  • Language line services, conferences, and translation of court information and forms for new Maine residents