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Oklahoma Victim Assistance Academy (OVAA)

Oklahoma Victim Assistance Academy (OVAA)

As professionals on the front-lines working hard to keep crime victims and their families safe and supported in the face of the added uncertainty and danger that comes with a public health crisis, we can only imagine how your worlds are being impacted both personally and professionally right now. We are with you.

Our office has been monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 closely, working with state advocacy and criminal justice partners and making tough decisions about programming and resources. Safety is a priority not only for victims, but also for victim service professionals. Our goals remain focused on providing training and tools to victim service providers without negatively affecting your capacity to provide services.

As such, we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Oklahoma Victim Assistance Academy, scheduled for May 31 – June 5, 2020.

Information on the 2021 OVAA will be widely disseminated and posted here when the details are determined.

For more information, email Sarah Gass or call 405-521-3921.

More about the OVAA:

The OVAA is an intensive week-long course of study designed to improve the quality and consistency of victim services in Oklahoma. It is open to victim advocates, service providers, law enforcement professionals and social service providers who work directly with crime victims in any capacity in a paid or volunteer position.

The academy increases providers’ capacity to serve those victimized by crime, encourages cutting-edge thinking about ways to help victims regain control of their lives, and enhances the multidisciplinary training currently provided.

The OVAA is modeled after the National Victim Assistance Academy offered through the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). The Oklahoma Office of the Attorney General was awarded a federal grant from OVC to develop Oklahoma’s Academy. Since the expiration of the original grant, the Academy has been funded by an OVC grant administered through the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council.

The OVAA is looking for advocates, providers and professionals who work in any capacity in a paid or volunteer position having direct contact with Oklahoma crime victims. Candidates should have less than five years of experience working with victims. Applicants with more than five years’ experience are required to submit written justification why they should be considered for the academy.

The comprehensive, academic and specialized training will include 40 hours of in-class study and 20 to 40 hours of pre-academy online course work