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AVAA: Virtual Academy 2024


A blue outline of the state of Arkansas next to "AVAA" in white letters on a black background. Below this reads "Arkansas Victim Assistance Academy"

WHERE: Foundational Academy 2024 ON ZOOM


WHEN: May 29-31 and June 26-28, 2024


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: 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


WHAT: This is a virtual professional level academy offered in 2024 and is designed to provide victim service providers with training tailored to the needs of Arkansas. Curriculum includes but is not limited to, the history of victim services, understanding the criminal justice system, ethics in victim advocacy, communicating with victims, dynamics of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, communicating with survivors of various crimes including those from underserved populations, understanding trauma and its effects, and providing trauma-informed supports.


WHEN: May 29-31 and June 26-28, 2024

Daily times and dates

May 29th, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm May 30th, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

May 31st, 9:30 am to Noon


June 26th, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

June 27th, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

June 28th, 9:30 am to Noon


COSTS: There is no registration cost BUT we ask that you attend all sessions offered each day and both the May and June trainings.



ACCESS AND ACCOMMODATIONS: Captioning will be provided. Other accommodations can be requested in the online application form.

For additional information, please send an email to avaa.arkansas@gmail.com or contact Kiah Hall at email kiahh@uark.edu or 501-725-0137.


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 and a multi-agency Academy Steering Committee. This project is supported by Award Number 15POVC-22-GG-00699-ASSI awarded by the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.

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