State Victim Assistance Academies
State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAAs) provide comprehensive,
academically based, foundation-level education for victim
assistance providers, victim advocates, and allied professionals.
SVAAs use the National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA)
model for developing training programs in partnership with
academic institutions, and the SVAA curriculum is based
on the NVAA course curriculum and text. OVC launched the
SVAA initiative in 1999 with the award of competitive discretionary
grants to Colorado, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, and
Utah. Each site received supplemental OVC awards in Fiscal
Year (FY) 2002 for the third and final year of funding.
Also in FY 2002, OVC awarded funds to five additional states
to establish SVAAs: Arizona, Maine, Maryland, Missouri,
and Oregon. Georgia, Illinois, and New York received funding
in FY 2003. Each SVAA site develops a planning committee,establishes
a partnership with an academic host university, formulates
the student selection criteria, assesses the specific needs
of the respective state, and develops, implements, and
evaluates the training program. OVC strongly encourages
the development of similar initiatives in other states,
with the goal of creating a national network of SVAA academies.
For more information, visit the SVAA
page on the OVC Web site.