Virginia's 8th Annual Basic Victim Assistance Academy

*Application Deadline Extended until April 8, 2016.*

The Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), Virginia Victim Assistance Network and the University of Richmond are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for Virginia's 8th Annual Basic Victim Assistance Academy.

The Academy will be held from Tuesday, July 26, 2016 to Friday, July 29, 2016 in collaboration with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund.

To be considered for admission, interested individuals should submit applications to DCJS by April 8, 2016. Selected applicants will be notified by April 29, 2016.

Student applications are now available on-line.

In order to apply, interested persons must sign up for a DCJS User Account. Once the account is set up, the application can be completed at

Intended Audience/ Who is eligible to attend

Sexual Assault Advocates, Domestic Violence Advocates, Victim/Witness Advocates, Victim Services Providers, Law Enforcement Officers, Prosecutors, Probation and Parole Officers and other allied professionals who work with or are interested in the field of victim services are eligible to apply to the Academy.

DCJS in-service credit, including legal and cultural diversity subject matter credit, has been requested and will be available for Law Enforcement Officers.

Participants who successfully complete the Academy will be eligible to apply for Provisional Advocate Credentialing through the National Advocate Credentialing Program.

For more information, please visit the National Organization for Victim Assistance website at

Individuals with three years of victim assistance experience or less should apply to the Basic Academy. Graduation requirements include: successful completion of ALL assignments and attendance at ALL sessions of the Academy.

Location and Lodging Information

The Academy sessions will be conducted at the University of Richmond in the Richmond Room and all participants are highly encouraged to stay on campus. Overnight accommodations will be in the new Gateway Apartments that are located on campus. Each apartment has 4 single bedrooms and 2 full baths along with a living area/dining area, and kitchen. Participants will have their own room but will be required to share a bathroom with another participant. The fee to stay in these accommodations are included in the registration fee.


July 26 - 29, 2016


The registration fee is $150. The registration fee includes on-campus lodging and all meals. Travel costs to and from the Academy are not included.

The federal Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) provides scholarships of up to $1000 to individuals seeking professional development opportunities. Academy students can apply for scholarships to cover the $150 registration fee and expenses associated with travel to and from the Academy. More information and the application process can be found at

Individuals interested in applying for a TTAC scholarship should apply directly to TTAC. OVC TTAC must receive the completed Individual or Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Professional Development Scholarship application and all supplemental materials at least 45 calendar days prior to the event or the request will be rejected - NO EXCEPTIONS. If you have any questions about the process, please call 1-866-OVC TTAC (1-866-682-8822) for assistance.

Applications and Deadline

Click here to apply to the Virginia's 8th Annual Basic Victim Assistance Academy (note that a DCJS User Account is required to complete the application).

To be considered for admission, interested individuals should submit their applications on-line to DCJS by 11:59 p.m. on April 8, 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by April 29, 2016.


For further information, contact Melissa Roberson at or (804) 225-3456.


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