Who we are...
VAWA MEI helps the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice document and measure the work of thousands of OVW grantees nationwide that address violence against women, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Since 2001, VAWA MEI has worked with OVW to develop and implement a state-of-the-art, multi-method approach to measuring the effectiveness of the work funded by OVW. By refining protocols and introducing automated processes, VAWA MEI has continuously improved the quality and efficiency of its data collection, cleaning, and analysis – keeping pace with the growth of OVW grant activity from 555 grantees reporting data and 6 programs in 2003 to over 4,600 grantees reporting and 22 programs today.
The VAWA MEI project is staffed by 20 full-time and part-time research assistants, analysts and associates, including attorneys, and others with significant frontline experience in providing services to or developing public policy for victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The project is housed in the Justice Policy Program at the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine.
What we do...
VAWA MEI helps OVW track work being done by thousands of OVW grantees nationwide who develop innovative strategies to address violence against women, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. More...
To do so, VAWA MEI collects, cleans, and analyzes data from OVW grantees. VAWA MEI constructs customized reporting forms, provides technical assistance and training to grantees who use the forms, and disseminates the data in various reports including draft Reports to Congress that are prepared for OVW.
Who we help...
The work done by VAWA MEI informs and guides not only grantees in their planning and management, but also OVW and other policy and decision-makers in their efforts to address issues of violence against women.
For more information contact:
Tel: (800) 922-VAWA (8292)
Fax: (207) 228-8460
Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy
Muskie School of Public Service
University of Southern Maine
PO Box 9300, 34 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04104-9300
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