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

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Muskie School of Public Service

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 13 full-time and part-time research assistants, analysts, and associates, including one attorney, 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.

Staff work on Grantee Data Reports
Grantee Data Reports

Kate Arno (left) and Barbara Hart (right) review 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.

Staff working on Training

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 Amy Sullivan (left) and Heidi Gage (center) spend significant time preparing training materials and planning, scheduling and organizing VAWA MEI trainers, such as Maureen Baker (right).

Staff working on Databases for Grantees

James Hixon (left) works with Sameer Mahimkar (right) 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 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.

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

Feburary 2015

STOP and SASP Administrators training for Subgrantee and Administrator Progress Reporting Forms. Find out more here.

December 2014

Learn how to fill out your Semi-Annual Progress Reporting Form with our live webinar training! Find out more here...

October 2014

Gabby Giffords' #ProtectAllWomen Tour 2014 made the Muskie School its first stop.

Stay tuned for the 2014 Biennial Report to Congress, coming soon...

September 2014

The Violence Against Women Act celebrates 20 years in effect this year. Read more...

June 2014
Semi-Annual progress reporting training is in full swing. OVW grantees can receive free live webinar training on how to report on their activities in their semi-annual progress reports due on July 30. For more information and a schedule of webinar trainings click here.

February 2014
VAWA MEI welcomes new Project Director, Cam Garrett, to the team. With over 30 years' experience working on HIV/AIDS relief in Africa, Cam comes to the Muskie School with a passion for addressing violence against women as a major public health issue. Click here to get to know Cam better.



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