Cutler Institute

Victims of Crime

Staff of Victims of Crime


Victims of Crime

We enhance the professional practice of Victim Advocates in all disciplines within the victim-of-crime field – domestic violence, sexual assault, prosecution, law enforcement, Department of Corrections, compensation, and Federal Crime Units. Our services include developing/delivering foundational and advanced training, ongoing technical assistance, and disseminating resources and supportive materials.  Contact person: Maureen Baker

Current Projects:

Maine Victim Assistance Academy (VAA)

Through the annual ME Victims Assistance Academy, Justice Policy staff develop and conduct comprehensive, foundation-level training to victim assistance providers, victim advocates, criminal justice personnel and other professionals who work with victims of crime in Maine. The goal of the ME VAA is to increase the professionalization of the victim advocacy field in Maine through training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities.  Contact person: Maureen Baker

Tri-State Advanced Victim Assistance Academy

Every three years Justice Policy staff conduct a Tri-State Advanced Victim Assistance Academy that offers advanced cross-disciplinary training to professional advocates who work with victims of crime in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The Academy showcases state-of-the-art programs and newly emerging topics in the field to support advocates in providing quality services to citizens of the tri-state area.  Contact person: Maureen Baker

Victims of Crime and Offender Reentry: A Handbook for Probation and Parole

Working in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, Justice Policy staff have developed a handbook and supplementary materials aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of probation and parole officers (PPOs) working with victims of crime throughout the offender reentry process. This interactive, online tool provides information and guidance to PPOs in determining victim rights nationally and within their states, understanding the role of community corrections when working with victims, addressing the safety concerns of victims, and knowing and accessing resources for victims.  Contact person: Maureen Baker or Erica King