Documenting the impact OVW grants make on women, their families, and their communities.

The Muskie School of Public Service combines graduate programs in public policy and management, health policy and management, and community planning with the capabilities of its three nationally recognized research institutes that concentrate on children, youth, and families; disability and aging; justice policy; and population health and health policy. This past year, the Muskie School worked in every state in the nation on projects worth almost $30 million, including VAWA MEI, which helps OVW measure the effectiveness of the VAWA grant-funded programs that it administers.

The VAWA MEI project is staffed by 15 full-time and part-time research assistants, analysts, and associates, many of whom have 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, Univeristy of Southern Maine in Portland, ME.

Barbara Hart reviews the latest edition of OVW's Biennial Report to Congress, examining the effectiveness of discretionary grant programs and STOP and SASP formula grant programs. VAWA MEI drafts, edits, and helps finalize these reports, which also include literature reviews of new, evidence-based research that provides an important context for grantee data.

This year, VAWA MEI will conduct approximately 80 live online webinars to train OVW grantees on how to complete their six-month reporting forms. VAWA MEI’s Danielle Layton (left) and Maureen Baker (right) going over training materials before a webinar.


VAWA MEI works to customize Access databases which OVW grantees use to collect data they will enter into their six-month reporting forms. The databases are examples of tools VAWA MEI develops to support the work of OVW grantees.


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 6 programs in 2003 to over 4,600 grantees reporting and 22 programs today. More...

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...

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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New and noteworthy


STOP/SASP Program Annual Report Form Due
March 30, 2016
Instructions Here

WINTER 2015/2016

2016 STOP and SASP Formula Training Dates Announced

Semi-Annual Form Training will begin in December and January. Please visit our Training Calendar to register!


Please welcome Elisabeth Snell, the new director of the VAWA MEI Team. To learn more about Ms. Snell, please click here.

Semi-Annual progress reporting training is complete. OVW grantees working on 21 different programs received free live webinar training on how to report on their activities in their semi-annual progress reports that were due on July 30. If you missed any of the trainings, webinar recordings are available by clicking here.


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