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 New Jersey Victim Assistance Academy develops and schedules trainings to offer victim service providers and allied professionals the opportunity to acquire skills and knowledge to better assist victims of crime. NJVAA courses 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 New Jersey Victim Assistance Academy schedules trainings in the following series to offer victim service providers and allied professionals the 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 limited and mandatory; an application is provided below for your convenience.
Interested in the current offering of trainings or to be informed when training registrations open? Click on the links below to register for our mailing list or download the NJVAA Application:
Questions? Contact us at: NJVAA@ssw.rutgers.edu or 848-932-0502
Foundational Series: (Must attend all 8 sessions)
Offered 2-3 times yearly.
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. This 40-hour NACP pre-approved training program, offers training and skill building in the following areas:
Cultural Competence, Ethics, Resilience, History of Victim’s Rights, Victim’s Law, Advocacy and Criminal Justice System, Federal Statutes, Collaboration and Communication, Impact of Crime and Crisis Intervention.
The Advanced Series and Skill Session courses, designed for providers and advocates at all levels of victim services, build skills that address emerging issues.
Advanced Series: (2-Day Trainings)
Offered 2-4 times yearly.
Some of the classes held in FY18 included LGBTQI and Human Trafficking
Skill Sessions: (1-Day Trainings)
Offered 8-10 times yearly.
Some of the classes held in FY18 included Resilience, Animal Abuse, Elder Abuse, Emotional Wellness, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma, and Cyber Crimes