SVAA Resource Center

Supporting state victim assistance academies through training and technical assistance.

Advisory Board

Our national-level community partners, represented by our SVAA Advisory Board, will champion the elevation of training and education of victim advocates as a key priority toward providing culturally competent, trauma-informed services for all crime victims. They will monitor the broad field of victim services for emerging needs, research, and trends as well as cutting edge tools, resources and best practices. By promoting SVAA resources throughout their respective networks, and convening twice yearly to discuss the latest developments in the victim services field, they will help us advance SVAAs across the country.  

Our Advisory Board members include leaders from the fields of victim services and victim research. They are well-placed to contribute insights and knowledge regarding new issues, research developments, and policy trends affecting victim services. Members are significant partners in the expansion and exchange of knowledge at the state and local levels and have developed a values statement recognizing the important role of training and professional development across victim services.

  • Noel Bridget Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., School of Social Work, UTexas-Austin
  • Lisa James, Futures Without Violence
  • Steve Derene, National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators
  • Dan Eddy, National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards
  • Teresa Huizar, National Children's Alliance
  • Angie McCown, Victim Services Division, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Beth E. Molnar, ScD, Institute on Urban Health Research and Practice, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
  • Chris Newlin, MS, LPC, National Children's Advocacy Center
  • Jennifer Yahner, MA, LTCO, Urban Institute

Previous Advisors

  • Eva S. Buzawa, Ph.D., School of Criminology and Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Jennifer Landhuis, Idaho Victim Assistance AcademyTeri Duesbery, International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., Ecological-Community Psychology, Michigan State University
  • Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College 

Values Statement

 We, the members of the National Advisory Board for NCVC’s State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA) Resource Center, have agreed to serve to contribute to the establishment and growth of SVAAs.  By sharing our individual areas of expertise, we will work in partnership with states and SVAAs to build an effective multidisciplinary, interagency community of practice to advance SVAAs and, ultimately, the victim services field. As a body, we are committed to elevating the training and education of victim service providers as a key priority to providing victim/survivor-centered, culturally competent, trauma-informed services for all crime victims, witnesses and secondary victims. 

Our charge as Board members is to appraise the emerging needs and trends we observe in the field, and draw from our collective collaborations with colleagues and agency partners across sectors to identify new research, resources, technology, and best practices that may be relevant and useful for furthering the success of SVAAs.

 To guide our work, we, the undersigned, agree upon the following set of values and principles:

  •  The ideals of the Crime Victims Movement must remain at the center of victim services: a commitment to human rights, social justice and social change;
  • Victims and survivors are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity, to have access to comprehensive, high quality services and support to pursue healing and justice;
  • Victim service providers must be prepared and empowered for their central role in assessing and addressing victims’, survivors’ and witnesses’ needs, and affording state and federal legal rights;
  • Foundational training is essential for all victim service providers, regardless of educational background, to ensure that service delivery is victim/survivor-centered, trauma-informed and culturally sensitive and relevant;
  • A common framework for SVAAs, that can be adapted to the unique needs of a particular state and that undergoes continued review and evaluation, is important to ensure program fidelity with a developed standard of training and practice of victim service providers and integrity in practice, policy development, and community education;
  • Victim service providers must have regular access to continuing education to remain effective and innovative in their work and to enhance professional responsibility and integrity;
  • Formalizing a Community of Practice at the national, state and local levels is essential to making systems and services more responsive and accountable to the needs of victims, survivors and our partners.

Signers to the Values Statement

Noël Busch-Armendariz, PhD, LMSW, MPA

Associate Vice President for Research & Research Integrity Officer

The University of Texas at Austin

February 15, 2017


Eve S. Buzawa

Professor Emerita and Former Director, School of Criminology & Justice Studies, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

February 12, 2017


Steve Derene

Executive Director

National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators

February 22, 2017


Dan Eddy

Executive Director

National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards

February 10, 2017


Teresa Huizar

Executive Director

National Children’s Alliance          

February 13, 2017


Jennifer Landhuis

Director of Social Change

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

February 6, 2017

 Angie McCown

Director, Victim Services Division

Texas Department of Criminal Justice

February 12, 2017

Beth E. Molnar, ScD

Associate Professor and Director,

PhD Program in Population Health

Department of Health Sciences &  

Associate Director, Institute on Urban

Health Research & Practice, Bouvé College of Health Sciences

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

April 13, 2017

Chris Newlin, MS LPC

Executive Director

National Children’s Advocacy Center

February 6, 2017


William H. Petty, Ph.D.

Project Manager, Programs

International Association of Chiefs of Police

February 6, 2017


Linda Williams

Senior Research Scientist

Director, Justice and Gender Based Violence Research Initiative

March 10, 2017


Jennifer Yahner, MA, LTCO
Associate Director, Center for Victim Research; Long Term Care Ombudsman; Principal Research
Associate in the Justice Policy Center at Urban Institute
July 9, 2018