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New Jersey Victim Assistance Academy

Welcome to the New Jersey Victim Assistance Academy (NJVAA) website. In October of 2008, the Institute for Families received funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, 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 Foundational and Advanced Academies aim to build the capacity of professionals serving victims of crime by cultivating their skills, knowledge, and attitudes through skill-based training opportunities.   Participants will learn and practice, with advocates across the state, the essential skills needed to empower crime victims to regain control of their lives.

The Foundational Academy trainings are designed for advocates new to victim services. It is an intensive, academically-based training experience providing a fundamental overview of crime victim services addressing topics such as victimology, the judicial system, advocacy, and issues central to working with victims of crime in New Jersey. Participation in the academy can serve as the first level of training.

To build skills that address emerging issues, NJVAA also offers professional development trainings for providers and advocates at all levels of victim services.

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