Amy Perry is a Research Assistant II at the Catherine E. Cutler Institute for Child and Family Policy at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine. She is currently working on the VAWA Measuring Effectiveness Initiative project, funded by the Office on Violence Against Women. Prior to joining the Muskie School staff, she worked in Quality Management for non-profit mental health agencies in both Maine and Massachusetts. She attended Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She worked for several years at a local Rape Crisis Center, where she educated the community on sexual assault awareness, as well as provided crisis counseling, and legal/medical advocacy for survivors. Her work also includes case management and Continuous Quality Improvement for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families.