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About the Vermont Victim Assistance Academy (VVAA)

The Vermont Victim Assistance Academy (VVAA) is an introductory educational opportunity designed to improve the quality and consistency of victim services in Vermont. The VVAA integrates core concepts and best practices that encourage a victim-centered, multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to supporting those whose lives have been impacted by crime. By cultivating participants’ knowledge, skills and attitudes, we build the capacity of our community to recognize, respect and respond to the needs and experiences of crime victims, affected parties and communities in our state.

This 64-hour course on victims' rights, services and experiences of crime and its aftermath was developed by local professionals with expertise in a variety of disciplines that encompass the network of support to victims and survivors of crime in Vermont. The VVAA is designed as a practical, interactive training founded on the principles of adult education (see below). It is open to those whose work intersect with victims and survivors of crime.

Benefits For Participants

The VVAA strives to be a transformative learning experience for new and seasoned professionals. At the end of the eight days the participants will have a "toolbox" containing the following:

  • Working knowledge of the criminal justice system and alternative responses to crime
  • Effective communication skills
  • Sensitivity to victims of crime
  • “Lenses” for identifying root causes of oppression
  • Understanding of the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence
  • A wide variety of collaborative skills to best serve crime victims
  • Analysis of crime prevention and systems improvement
  • An extensive collection of resources and referral options
  • Action plans for post-training work
  • CEUs, Academic Credit, Advocate Credentialing Program

Benefits To Supervisors and Organizations

The VVAA is a cost-effective and high-quality training that stands to energize participants and improve services to victims of crime throughout Vermont. This course benefits not just its participants, but also the agencies, organizations and communities that support their involvement. The VVAA offers the following opportunities to participants, which enhance organizational efficacy, quality of services you provide, and relationships you cultivate in your community:

  • Trauma-informed and victim-centered practices
  • Responsiveness to victims from underserved populations
  • Networking across disciplines
  • Collaborative approach to service provision
  • Well-trained staff with certifications by NOVA .

Trainers

In collaboration with staff from the Community Engagement and Training Department of CCVS, training sessions are taught by seasoned professionals whose knowledge and skill draws on extensive work in various disciplines encompassed by victim services, from organizations such as:

  • Vermont Attorney General’s Office
  • Vermont Police Academy/ Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Community Justice Centers
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department for Children and Families
  • Mental Health Services
  • Victim/ Survivor Community
  • Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Deaf Victim Advocacy Services
  • Disability Rights Organizations
  • Safe Space/ Pride Center of Vermont
  • Youth Justice Centers
  • Victim Services Programs

Participants

VVAA participants come from many programs, agencies, organizations and communities. In the past, many participants have come from the following:

  • State’s Attorney’s Offices
  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Programs
  • Advocacy Programs
  • Child Welfare Programs
  • Youth Justice Programs
  • Department of Corrections
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Probation and Parole Boards
  • Court Diversion Programs
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Public School Systems
  • Higher Education (students and administration)
  • Faith Community Providers
  • Disability Services
  • Economic Services
  • Community/Parallel/Restorative Justice Programs
  • Elder Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Medical Services
  • Communication and Information Services
  • Victims and Survivors of Crime
  • Community Members

 

2019-2020 VVAA Program

Dates, Times & Locations

The VVAA coincides with the academic calendar year. It is a total of 64 hours and occurs in four, 2-day sessions on the following dates:

  • Session I: Monday and Tuesday, September 30 & October 1, 2019
    Location: Waterbury State Office Complex, Sally Fox Conference Center, Cherry Rooms A,B & C
  • Session II: Tuesday and Wednesday, January 7 & 8, 2020
    Location: Waterbury State Office Complex, Sally Fox Conference Center, Cherry Rooms A,B & C
  • Session III: Thursday and Friday, April 2 & 3, 2020
    Location: Waterbury State Office Complex, Sally Fox Conference Center, Cherry Rooms A,B & C
  • Session IV: Monday and Tuesday, May 4 & 5, 2020
    Location: Waterbury State Office Complex, Sally Fox Conference Center, Cherry Rooms

All sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Coffee and tea are provided. Participants are given one hour to go get lunch and practice self-care. 

Program Costs

The total course fee per student is $250. Each participant must pay the nonrefundable Confirmation of Enrollment amount of $100 in order to reserve a place in the VVAA. Waivers are available for those who are unable to pay the remaining course fee of $150, either partially or in full. To request a course fee waiver, please answer the related questions included in the participant application.

 

Application Information

We are using an online application process. Application is now OPEN! Please review the documents below to find more information about the program this year, such as costs, participant commitments, and application information. Applications for the 2019-2020 VVAA Program must be completed online and supplemental materials must be emailed or postmarked by Friday, August 23, 2019 to be considered.

ONLINE APPLICATION

For more information, contact outreach@ccvs.vermont.gov

 

Vermont Victim Assistance Academy Documents