Arkansas Victim Assistance Academy

Logo Arkansas Victim Assistance Academy

WHEN: July 23 – 27, 2017

MISSION: The mission of the Arkansas Victim Assistance Academy is to provide comprehensive, foundational training to professionals throughout Arkansas who routinely deal with victims of crime.

WHO: Space is limited! All applications will be reviewed and evaluated for acceptance. This academy is ideally suited and primarily for professionals in the following fields:

  • victim services agencies
  • child advocacy centers
  • prosecutor offices
  • law enforcement agencies
  • criminal justice organizations
  • those that come in contact with victims of violence and other crimes
  • direct service volunteers

Priority will be given to those who work in these fields.

WHAT: This is a weeklong professional level academy designed to provide victim service providers with intensive training tailored to the needs of Arkansas. Curriculum includes the history of victim advocacy, dynamics of the criminal and juvenile justice systems from arrest through post-sentencing, victim points of contact, mental health needs, legal issues for victim advocates, working with VINE, domestic violence and orders of protection, child victimization, sexual assault victims, cyber crime, working with rural victims, substance abuse and victimization, and vicarious victimization.

WHERE: Criminal Justice Institute, 26 Corporate Hill Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205

COSTS: Selected participants will receive hotel lodging and mileage reimbursement for attending the academy (30 miles or further). The only cost to attend is a NON-refundable $60.00 registration fee to hold the slot since this is a highly sought after training. This cost is PAYABLE to the CRIME VICTIMS ASSISTANCE ASSOCIATION OF ARKANSAS upon acceptance to reserve the spot to attend and cover items not included in the grant. (Also includes a one-year individual membership in CVAAA for first-time members.) Some limited scholarships are available to cover this cost if it creates a hardship. (Once applicants are accepted they will receive information about requesting a scholarship.)

APPLICATION: To be posted in Spring of 2018

Your application will be reviewed and you will be notified as soon as possible. Space is limited!

Application deadline: TBD

If your application is accepted, you will be notified and given mailing instructions for the [Amount TBD], non-refundable fee. For additional information, please send an email to or contact Roberta Sick at email or 501-301-1117.

ACCESS AND ACCOMMODATIONS: The facility is accessible. We will gladly provide accommodations upon request. If your application is accepted, you will receive a link to a form asking about disability-related accommodations.

For additional information, please send an email to or contact Roberta Sick at email or 501-301-1117.

The Arkansas State Victims Assistance Academy Initiative is supported by a subgrant agreement from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, Victim Justice Assistance Program to the University of Arkansas-Partners in collaboration with the Crime Victims Assistance Association of Arkansas, UALR- Criminal Justice Department and a multi-agency Academy Steering Committee. This project is supported by Award No.2015-VF-GX-0009, Victim Assistance/Discretionary Grant Training Program awarded by the Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.