Violence Intervention Partnership

What Is the Violence Intervention Partnership?

Since 1998, Cumberland County Government’s Violence Intervention Partnership (VIP) has coordinated our community response to domestic violence.

Partners

Project partners are:

  • Department of Corrections
  • District Attorney’s Office
  • District II Police Chiefs
  • Through These Doors
  • Maine Pretrial Services
  • Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine
  • Sheriff’s Office and Jail
  • Immigrant Resource Center of Maine

Advisory Council

The work of the Violence Intervention Partnership is guided by a project advisory council, including our project partners as well as representatives from:

  • Bail commissioners
  • Batterer’s intervention programs
  • Communities of faith
  • Law enforcement
  • Local universities
  • Maine Medical Center
  • Pine Tree Legal Assistance
  • The judiciary
  • United States Attorney’s Office

Goals

Our goals are to:

  1. Keep domestic violence victims safe in the community
  2. Hold the offenders accountable
  3. Change how our community thinks about domestic violence

Programs

Our programs offer ODARA refresher trainings on how to use the ODARA domestic violence risk assessment tool; hold monthly High Risk Response Team meetings to enhance victim safety and more efficiently intervene in high risk cases; and manage the electronic monitoring and victim notification program.