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Oregon State Victim Assistance Academy

NCVLI is excited to continue and expand the legacy of the State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA).  SVAA is Oregon’s 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.

SVAA Basic Academy

The Basic Academy is committed to graduating advocates who possess the core competencies necessary to compassionately, knowledgeably, collaboratively and sustainably support survivor agency with cultural humility in the aftermath of a crime.

The Basic Academy is designed for advocates new to the profession of victim services. The curriculum includes sessions that cover the core competencies of victim advocacy taught by advocacy experts.

Topics May Include:  Justice System Overview; Ethics; Confidentiality; Crime Victims’ Rights; Effective Communication; Crisis Intervention; Intimate Partner Violence; Vicarious Trauma, Resiliency and Self-Care; Neurobiology of Trauma; and Financial Recovery.

Target Audience:  The primary audience of the Basic Academy are Oregon advocates working in system- and community-based agencies who are new to victim services. Allied professionals working with crime victims (e.g., mental health counselors, medical professionals, crisis response workers) and those advocates with advanced experience will be enrolled as space allows.  Registration priority is given to Oregon participants; out-of-state participants will be enrolled as space allows.  

SVAA Advanced Academy

The Advanced Academy is designed for experienced advocates and ideally are persons who have graduated from the Basic Academy.  Each year, the Advanced Academy offers training on a different topic or topics focusing on specific crimes or specific victim populations, advanced skills, sustainable advocacy, or capacity building for programs and advocates.  Topics are selected based on feedback from advocates statewide.


SVAA is supported by Award No. 2018-V3-GX-0030 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice.  The opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice or the Crime Victim and Survivor Services Division, Oregon Department of Justice.