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Oregon State Victim Assistance Academy

NCVLI is looking forward to continuing and expanding on the legacy of the Oregon State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA).  SVAA is the primary source of statewide training for victim advocates. SVAA provides fundamental education for victim service providers and allied professionals who routinely interact with victims of crime.

About SVAA

The Basic Academy is designed for advocates who have been working in their current positions for less than one year (although some attendees have been working or volunteering in the field for longer). The curriculum includes sessions that cover the tenets of basic advocacy and the breadth of victim services. The instructors are local advocacy experts so that the training is relevant and addresses concerns unique to Oregon.

Topics May Include: Criminal and Civil Justice Overview; Ethics; Confidentiality; Crime Victims’ Rights; Communication; Crisis Intervention; Cross-Cultural Communication; Intimate Partner Violence; Vicarious Trauma, Resiliency and Self-Care; Protecting Vulnerable Adults; Child Abuse; Sexual Assault; and Restitution.

Target Audience: This training is designed for Oregon advocates working in system-based agencies (e.g. law enforcement, district attorney’s offices) and community-based agencies. Other professionals working with crime victims (e.g. mental health counselors, crisis response workers) will be enrolled as space allows. Registration priority is given to Oregon participants; out-of-state participants will be enrolled as space allows. This training is focused on basic information for advocates who have been in their position for less than a year.

National Advocate Credentialing Available

Successful graduates of the SVAA Basic Academy will be eligible for the National Advocate Credentialing Program Provisional credential. For more information about this credential, please visit:

Scholarship Information and Application

The Department of Justice, Crime Victims’ Services Division (CVSD), has limited scholarships for victim service advocate(s) to attend the Oregon State Victim Assistance Basic Academy in May. Scholarships may cover the registration fee, lodging and transportation costs. Scholarship applications were due by April 1, 2017. For scholarship inquiries, please contact The National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) at


Registration fees include all written materials, coffee, morning and afternoon snacks, graduation certificate and CEUs. Participants pay for their own lodging, food and travel expenses.

For more information, please email NCVLI at

This project was supported by Award Nos. 2015-VF-GX-0027 and 2015-VA-GX-0013 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice.