Cutler Institute

Violence Against Women and Families


Violence Against Women and Families

Through our focus on Violence Against Women and Families we engage in policy analysis, evaluation, technical assistance, critical review of research, and public service that seek to support efforts to end domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, trafficking in persons, and dating violence and to promote justice and restoration for survivors of these crimes.

Current Projects

VAWA MEI LogoViolence Against Women Act Measuring Effectiveness Initiative (VAWA MEI)

Since 2001, Cutler Institute staff have worked with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Dept. of Justice to develop and implement a state-of-the-art, multi-method approach that measures the effectiveness of the work being funded by OVW. The VAWA MEI project helps OVW track the work of thousands of OVW grantees nationwide that are implementing innovative strategies to address violence against women, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, sex trafficking and stalking. Contact Person: Elisabeth Snell

The Tri-County Advocacy Project (TCAP) is a collaborative endeavor of the Justice Policy Program of the Cutler Institute of Health & Social Policy, the University of Maine School of Law, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Maine, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, United Somali Women of Maine, and Safe Voices. We provide free legal representation and advocacy services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, sex trafficking and teen dating violence, housing, and family law matters in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties. TCAP also offers free community and professional education on legal and advocacy issues related to violence against women.  Contact Person:  Elisabeth Snell