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National Victim Assistance Academy
March 1–6, 2009

The National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA), sponsored by OVC, provides education and training for those who assist victims and survivors of crime. NVAA is a week-long, university-based training course on victimology, victims’ rights, and victim services. Since 1995, more than 2,000 victim service professionals from across the nation and several foreign countries have attended.

NVAA offers three learning tracks:

  • Foundation Level Training is an intensive track for those who have less than 3 years of experience working directly with victims. This training provides entry-level professionals and volunteers with knowledge, skills, and resources to serve victims and survivors of crime more effectively. 

  • Professional Skills Building Institute focuses on timely, specific topics that have a direct impact on a provider’s work. The specialized training courses, such as compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma, ethics, and providing culturally competent services, are for those who have been in the victim services field for at least 2 years. 

  • Leadership Institute helps administrators and leaders build and refine the necessary skills to manage their programs effectively. The courses are specifically designed to develop and refine the skills and abilities necessary to manage and sustain victim service programs. 

For more information, go to OVC’s NVAA Web page.

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
April 26–May 2, 2009

Leading up to National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), OVC will hold two prelude events in Washington, D.C. Both events are free and open to the public; however, registration is required to attend the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony.

  • National Observance and Candlelight Ceremony
    Thursday, April 23, 2009
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    1615 H Street NW., Washington, D.C.
    Time: 6:307:30 p.m. eastern time

  • National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony
    Friday, April 24, 2009
    Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
    1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, D.C.
    Time: To Be Announced

Details regarding registration are forthcoming. Please go to OVC’s NCVRW Web page for more information.

NIJ 2009 Conference logo.NIJ 2009 Conference
June 15–17, 2009

For more than a decade, the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) annual conference has brought together criminal justice scholars, policymakers, and practitioners at the local, state, and federal levels to share the most recent findings from research and technology.

The conference showcases what works, what doesn't work, and what the research shows as promising. It emphasizes the benefits to researchers and practitioners who work together to create effective evidence-based policies and practices. The DNA Grantees Workshop, formerly a separate event but now an integral part of the NIJ conference, will feature innovations in forensic sciences and related policy and resource issues.

Who Should Attend

  • Researchers interested in criminal justice

  • Policymakers responsible for shaping public safety or social services

  • Practitioners in criminal justice interested in technology and DNA

  • Students interested in criminal justice issues
Register today at