2015 Virginia Advanced Victim Assistance Training Academy

Thank you for your interest in applying to attend the Advanced Victim Assistance Academy sponsored by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

The Virginia Advanced Victim Assistance Academy (VAVAA) is a two-and-a-half day training for victim services providers who have a minimum of five years of experience providing direct services to crime victims or three years of direct services following successful completion of the Virginia Basic Victim Assistance Academy.

This advanced training will provide an opportunity to explore topics related to victim assistance in greater depth, to network with colleagues and other allied professionals, and to provide a forum for discussion of lessons learned from years of experience working with victims of crime in Virginia.

Training topics will include:

  • A trauma informed approach to services
  • Defining the role of the victim advocate in a mass casualty/disaster event
  • Providing services to victims of human trafficking- participants will attend the Virginia's 2015 Human Trafficking Forum as part of this Academy. The Forum is being held at the same location as the Academy.
  • Self-care for the victim advocate

In order to apply, interested individuals 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

The Academy is open to individuals who live or work in Virginia providing services to victims of crime. All potential participants are required to submit an application to attend. Successful applicants will be required to attend all sessions of the Academy and will also be required to complete some work assignments prior to the Academy.

Those selected to attend will pay a $50.00 registration fee, which will go toward covering costs of training materials. There will be a continental breakfast for two days, lunch for two days and a full breakfast on the final day of training. Dinner and lodging will be on your own.

Scholarship assistance may be available to those selected to attend. More information on this will be available in the Academy acceptance letter.


The location of the training is the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, Virginia. The hotel is offering the state rate of $83.00 per night, (plus tax and lodging fees), single/double occupancy. A block of rooms has been reserved at the hotel for this event. Information on hotel registration will be provided along with notice of acceptance to attend the Academy.

Academy Schedule

The Virginia Advanced Victim Assistance Academy begins on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The Academy will conclude on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 12:30 p.m., following graduation and award of certificates.

Selection Process

In selecting participants from those who apply, the Selection Committee will engage in a process intended to promote an Academy class which offers a balance of geographic, cultural, professional and programmatic diversity. Only members of this Committee and DCJS will have access to the applications. Please note that those applicants selected to attend are chosen based on their individual qualifications and agencies may not send substitutes if the original applicant cannot for any reason attend. Applicants will be notified of their selection status by September 4, 2015.

To be considered for admission, interested individuals must submit their application on-line to DCJS on or before 11:59 p.m. on August 20 , 2015. .

Questions about the application and/or the Virginia Advanced Victim Assistance Academy can be directed to: Becky Sirles at (804) 225-1847 or e-mail at:


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