Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Justice Policy

Karen Monahan

Research Associate II


236 Wishcamper Center

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-5857

Karen Monahan has extensive experience with evaluation of state court initiatives and legal services organizations, and with performance measurement for local non-profits. She directed an evaluation of a domestic violence pilot project at five of Maine’s District Courts that included the development of a procedures manual for judges, clerks, and court security officers involved in domestic violence cases. She directed the reassessment of Michigan’s Court Improvement Program (2005) and co-directed the reassessment of the State of Connecticut’s Court Improvement Project (2006), which in both cases studied those states’ compliance with federal and state mandates and standards of practice in the handling of child protection cases. As a member of the management team of the VAWA Measuring Effectiveness Initiative, Ms. Monahan oversees the analysis and reporting of data for the STOP Program (approx. 2400 subgrantees from all 56 states and territories) and provides training and technical assistance to STOP administrators and other VAWA grantees on how to complete the progress reporting forms. Ms. Monahan’s background is in legal services, civil litigation, and market research.

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Justice Policy Brown Bag Lunch Series

Risk Assessment and Safety Planning with Battered Women
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 12:10 - 1:00 p.m.
University of Maine School of Law - Moot Court Room

The Muskie School/Cutler Institute/Justice Policy Program and the University of Maine School of Law are offering the Risk Assessment/Safety Planning Brown Bag for the USM and greater Portland communities, as well as for the partners and colleagues of the Tri-County Advocacy Project, Lewiston, Maine.   Our goal is to create more dynamic collaboration between lawyers, law students, victim advocates, allied professionals and community members in engaging with battered women in the process of risk assessment and safety planning. 

The Brown Bag is free and open to the public.  Pizza available.  Small donation requested.

Registration is not required.  However, please advise Danielle Layton of your plan to participate.  She can be reached at or 228-8485.  If sending an email, please put Brown Bag in the subject line

Justice Policy Brown Bag Lunch Series

Join the USM Muskie School, Justice Policy Program for a brown bag lunch: Sexual Assault in the Military Film and Discussion, Wednesday, December 12th, noon - 2:00 p.m.

About the Film - The Invisible War is an investigative documantary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military.

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Justice Policy Brown Bag Lunch Series

Sex Trafficking and Exploitation in Greater Portland

Join the Justice Policy program for a brown bag discussion of sex trafficking and exploitation on October 31

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