Program History

2009 Group1.jpgThe first West Virginia State Victim Assistance Academy was held on the beautiful campus of West Virginia State University from July 26 thru 31, 2009.  The Academy’s first day brought to reality the dream and faithful efforts of a dedicated group of individuals.   Forty-nine individuals from across West Virginia representing forty-five different agencies made up our first graduating class.  After the week of education and training, mixed with fun activities and trips, all were eager to take their newly acquired skills and knowledge back to their own communities.  “Collaboration” was a common thread throughout all that was taught during the week.  Attendees developed new friendships as well as professional relationships that will aid in their efforts. Some of the training topics were:  Impact of Crime; Navigating the Criminal Justice System; Victim’s Rights; Case Management; Crime Victim Fund; Death Notification; and Mental health Issues. Nineteen different topics were addressed during the Academy delivered by twenty-three different instructors. The Academy was the initial step to providing consistency and continuity to victim service provider training hopefully ensuring that victims throughout West Virginia receive the same comprehensive services.

Img_077copy.jpgThe second West Virginia State Victim Assistance Academy was held the week of July 19 -26, 2010 on the campus of West Virginia State University.  Fifty-four individuals from across West Virginia representing 50 different agencies serving 46 counties in West Virginia made up our second graduating class. The Academy, with a common thread of “collaboration” throughout the curriculum, provided students with networking opportunities within a skill based educational framework developed to provide them with a basic understanding of victim’s needs and rights; of available victim services and resources; and an acceptable level of competency to work with crime victims.  Twenty different topics were addressed during the Academy delivered by twenty-three different instructors.