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New Jersey Victim Assistance Academy


Established in October of 2008, the New Jersey Victim Assistance Academy (NJVAA)  at Rutgers School of Social Work, Institute for Families builds the capacity of professionals serving victims of crime by developing their skills, knowledge, and attitudes through interactive training opportunities, largely provided online. The program receives funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), and is administered by the New Jersey State Division of Criminal Justice, Office of the Attorney General, Office for Victims of Crime. 

NJVAA develops and schedules trainings to offer victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge to better assist victims of crime while supporting the unique needs of the professionals who are devoted to serving them. Training participants learn and practice, with advocates across the state, the essential skills needed to empower crime victims to regain control of their lives.


The New Jersey Victim Assistance Academy offers the Foundation Series, Advanced Academy, and Traveling Workshops. These series offer victim service providers and allied professionals an opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge to better assist victims of crime. Trainings offered help develop competencies in communicating with, serving, and supporting people in crisis.


Registration is required for all trainings. To receive training announcements, sign up for our mailing list below:

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              Contact us at 732-236-2975




Foundation Series: (Must attend all sessions and complete all assignments)  

The Foundation Series is an entry-level program for victim advocates who provide direct services to victims of crime. Designed for advocates new to victim services, this series is an intensive, academically based training experience providing a fundamental overview of crime victim services addressing topics and issues central to working with victims of crime in New Jersey including:
Cultural Competence, Ethics, Resilience, History of Victim’s Rights, NJ Victim’s Rights, Advocacy and Criminal Justice System,  Federal Statutes, Collaboration and Communication, Impact of Crime and Crisis Intervention and Elder Abuse.

The Foundation Series is offered 2-3 times a year and offered as a hybrid course with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities to accommodate the demanding schedules of victim service providers. Upon successful completion of the full Foundation Series, interested participants are eligible for:

  • National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP) (40 Hours) Provisional Certificate
  • Domestic Violence Specialists (DVS) (30 credits) by New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) (40 credits) for social workers

Advanced Academy:

The Advanced Academy is designed for providers and advocates at all levels of victim services to build the knowledge and skills to address emerging issues in victim assistance. Most courses are aligned to fulfill NACP advanced certification (see NACP course alignments here). Select courses are approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for social workers or Continuing Legal Education (CLEs) for attorneys. Trainings are offered as virtually led, live sessions or webinars. 

Traveling Workshops:

Traveling Workshops are arranged at the request of organizations to offer training specifically tailored to the needs of their supervisors and staff.  Trainings are offered either at their location or as a live webinar at an agreed upon date and time.

Recent Reports:

NJVAA FY21 4th Quarter and Year End Report

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