SVAA Resource Center

Supporting state victim assistance academies through training and technical assistance.



A Complete Guide to Establishing and Operating a Victim Assistance Academy

This handbook was compiled by the SVAA Resource Center team, together with the Office for Victims of Crime, to assist states and territories in developing or refining their academies. 

Online Trainings

If you are looking into more training resources for your academy, consider starting with this list of online resources that can be utilized for a blended learning format or for academy pre-work.

SVAA Resource Library

Visit this searchable database of resources to find examples of curricula, needs assessments, evaluations, and more from academies across the country.

From the SVAA Resource Center 

Check out the documents below to find answers to commonly asked questions and learn more about the SVAA Resource Center.

SVAA Resource Center Fact Sheet

What is the SVAA Resource Center? This fact sheet will explain the origin and background of the SVAA Resource Center and how it can help you.

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SVAA Framework Info Sheet

This fact sheet covers the purpose of the State Victim Assistance Academies (SVAAs) and the framework that the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) believes provides the SVAAs with the best chance of success in achieving their goals.

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VOCA Funding for SVAAs Frequently Asked Questions

This document contains frequently asked questions about such topics as VOCA victim assistance formula grants, VOCA discretionary training grants and other funding issues that you might encounter.

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SVAA Resource Center Chatter Group Instructions

View the instruction manual on how to use the SVAA Resource Center Chatter Group, where administrators and advocates can network, discuss and share ideas. If you need an invite to the Chatter group, email your request to Sam Webster at

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Communities of Practice and SVAAs

This white paper takes an in-depth look at communities of practice and explores how to develop strong connections throughout all levels of your SVAA network. 

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SVAA June 2018 Quarterly Web Meeting Slides PPTX8.74 MB21 Jun, 2018 Download
Communities of Practice and SVAAs PDF223.86 KB12 Jun, 2018 Download
2018 Leadership Symposium Registration Instructions PDF859.58 KB20 Apr, 2018 Download
2018 Leadership Symposium Scholarship Application Instructions PDF712.02 KB20 Apr, 2018 Download
History of Victims Rights PDF18.87 MB26 Jan, 2018 Download
Inclusion - Its Relevance to your SVAA PDF1.16 MB26 Jan, 2018 Download
Evaluating the Impact of your SVAA PDF1.15 MB26 Jan, 2018 Download
Knowing Your Audience - Guiding Principles of Effective Learning PDF1018.67 KB26 Jan, 2018 Download
DRAFT Leadership Symposium Detailed Agenda DOCX31.52 KB04 Aug, 2017 Download
FINAL 2017 Scholarship Application for LS at NTI PDF284.72 KB04 Aug, 2017 Download
2017 Leadership Symposium Agenda PDF127.02 KB30 Jun, 2017 Download
Connecting to Small Groups DOCX16.39 KB28 Jun, 2017 Download
Final 3_23_17 webmeeting slides PDF1.11 MB27 Mar, 2017 Download
SVAA Dec 2016 Meeting Slides PDF2.30 MB11 Jan, 2017 Download
SVAA Framework Info Sheet PDF935.11 KB28 Nov, 2016 Download
SVAA Resource Center Fact Sheet PDF195.10 KB28 Nov, 2016 Download
SVAA Leadership Symposium, Sept. 2016 PDF1.25 MB19 Oct, 2016 Download
SVAA Quarter 3 2016 Web Meeting Slides PDF6.13 MB12 Sep, 2016 Download
VOCA Funding for SVAAs Frequently Asked Questions PDF231.45 KB05 Aug, 2016 Download
SVAA Resource Center Chatter Group Instructions PDF901.00 KB03 Jun, 2016 Download
SVAA June 2016 Quarterly Web Meeting Slides PDF2.38 MB03 Jun, 2016 Download
SVAA March Quarterly Web Meeting Slides PPTX2.81 MB06 Apr, 2016 Download


Videos from the 2017 SVAA Leadership Symposium:

Victims Movement

NVAA Videos

The videos produced through the National Victim Assistance Academy may be very helpful as SVAAs move forward in curriculum development/refinement efforts. Click here for information on the videos and/or order them.


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