Dear SVAA Community -
I am proud to introduce you to our new State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAA) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Resource Center at the National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC). Longstanding NCVC leaders and a team of expert consultants at Organizational Resilience International (ORI) are collaborating to bring you a trauma informed, culturally competent TTA to better inform the building and strengthening of SVAAs across the country.
This unique partnership has developed a Resource Center that builds on the field’s experience with SVAAs to date. Through this effort, we will benefit from their impressive individual and collective experience and expertise in varied aspects of the victim services field and with creating and sustaining SVAAs. The SVAA Resource Center’s mission is informed by the recommendations for action from Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report and addresses critical needs for strategic planning; research-based services; building institutionalized capacity; and developing innovative programming.
Because of the increasing complexity of crime and victimization and its impact on individuals, families, and communities, there is a growing demand for a wide range of services to support victims. We cannot expect victim services to address these growing needs without high quality foundational training and continuing education that fosters meaningful collaborations across agencies and sectors. With the recent increase of VOCA dollars for services and training, now is the time for SVAAs to work with their state VOCA victim assistance and compensation agencies to build, rebuild, and expand their reach, depth, and quality of training that will serve victims, build trust, and restore hope.
We invite and urge you and your colleagues to learn more about the free training and technical assistance services available to you through the SVAA Resource Center.
Joye E. Frost
Office for Victims of Crime