New Jersey Victim Assistance Academy
Welcome to the New Jersey Victim Assistance Academy (NJVAA) website. In October of 2008, the Rutgers School of Social Work - Institute for Families received funding from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to establish a New Jersey Victim Assistance Academy (NJVAA). The grant is administered by the New Jersey State Division of Criminal Justice.
The New Jersey Victim Assistance Academy (NJVAA) is a 40-hour, academically-based training that provides a fundamental overview of the entire field of crime victim services including victimology, the justice system, advocacy and victim rights so that participation in the academy can serve as the first broad level of tiered training.
In the training, participants will be provided tools to enhance their own professional development. They will also learn and practice the essential skills needed to empower crime victims to make their own choices on how to cope with their victimization.
This website is funded, in part, through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this website (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).
Class of Spring 2011
Class of Summer 2011
The Academy provides fundamental resources that every service provider needs to know.
The Academy delivered a wealth of knowledge that will be useful to me in my professional and personal life.
I looked forward to it every week. My classmates, the presenters, the adult learning, all made it informative and fun.
I loved how interactive each class was.
Our learning environment was open and I never feared asking questions.
This was a valuable experience that enhances one’s ability to work with and understand victims.
I recommend the Academy, especially to new advocates; each module was tough and clear.
I have shared the information I learned to coworkers/agency, but also with family, friends, and neighbors.
I’m so happy I took advantage of this training! It was extremely helpful, organized, friendly, and a great atmosphere of teamwork!