MCEDV plays a role in providing information, best practices and other consultation to statewide policy development. This year, MCEDV has been involved in the following policy initiatives.
1. Risk Assessment in the management of domestic violence crimes. MCEDV co-chaired the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse task force on risk assessment, along with Violence Intervention Partnership director, Faye Luppi. The task group’s report informed the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety of the Maine Legislature deliberations on LD 1711, introduced by Rep. Emily Cain. Maine passed legislation requiring that an evidence based, validated risk assessment tool be used in the management of domestic violence criminal offenses and provided for a training pathway for law enforcement personnel. Final legislation was signed into law 5/21/2012.
2. Strangulation: MCEDV has been working on improving Maine’s response to strangulation assaults for over two years. MCEDV chaired the Maine Commission on Domestic and Sexual violence task force on strangulation which issued a report with recommendations for changes in statute, policy and practice. In addition, MCEDV conducted a statewide survey of strangulation victims to inform discussions on the impact of strangulation assault on women in Maine. Governor LePage included the recommended language on strangulation into his bill on improvements in the management of Bail for domestic violence offenders, LD 1867, An Act to Protect Victims of Domestic Violence, sponsored by Rep. Emily Cain and signed into law April 17, 2012.
The link below will connect you with the work site for the task group, providing the legislation, relevant articles and other related information. https://sites.google.com/a/mcedv.org/risk-assessment-study/