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National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA)

OVC National Victim Assistance Academy

The mission of the National Victim Assistance Academy (NVAA) is to provide an intensive, interactive learning experience to develop and promote professional skills and knowledge for victim service providers. We deliver NVAA trainings using a blended learning approach—a combination of highly interactive, self-paced training and collaborative, facilitated webinars.

All NVAA trainings are—

  • Free of charge
  • Led by national subject matter experts

Continuing Education Units (CEU) are awarded to participants for full participation.

Space is limited in trainings. We limit the number of participants for each NVAA training to 100 to ensure quality instructor-participant interaction. Because of this participation cap, unfortunately, we cannot accept every application.

NVAA Application Process

  • You will receive an Acknowledgement of Receipt by email immediately after you submit your application. If you do not receive an Acknowledgement of Receipt, your application is not complete and you will not be considered for the training. You must complete all sections that are marked with an asterisk.
  • Within 10 business days, you will receive a notification of whether your application has been accepted.
  • Two days before the training begins, you will receive detailed information about how to access the training site and all related materials.

Leadership Institute
The Leadership Institute is designed for victim service administrators and leaders who wish to enhance their leadership skills and abilities. Participants will learn theoretical concepts and practical skills to lead their organization, team, or work group more effectively.

Effective Management Series
Each of the trainings within the Effective Management Series is designed to build organizational capacity within victim service organizations.

Advanced Skills Institute
Trainings in the Advanced Skills Institute are designed to build skills and address timely topics that confront victim service providers on a daily basis and that have direct impact on service providers' work.

We are committed to continually improving and broadening these critical training resources. Sign up so we can keep you informed as we make additional changes and add new trainings.

The previously delivered NVAA Foundation-Level Training Curriculum is still available as a resource.

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"This training has truly been an eye opening opportunity for me and has given me a lot of new skill sets to work on and enhance. Before this training, I had had no formal training on leadership and really came into this class with high expectations of being able to exit this program with new skills; these expectations were met and exceeded."

–Participant, NVAA Leadership Institute


"…this is probably the most beneficial professional development course I have taken, and it was free and online!"

–Participant, NVAA Leadership Institute


Audience: This training is designed for new or seasoned victim service leaders who provide or have provided direct services to victims.

Blended Learning Approach: Each session is delivered using a blended learning approach—a combination of highly interactive, self-paced training and collaborative, facilitated webinars.

Length of Training: This training runs for 11 consecutive weeks. Each weekly webinar session lasts 75 minutes. You should expect to dedicate approximately 1–2 hours completing assignments before the training begins and between each session. See information about each session.

If You Miss a Session: All webinars will be recorded, so if you are unable to meet online for a live webinar, you can access the recording.

Check Your Schedule: This training is very popular, and we are often unable to accommodate all requests to participate. It is important that you make a commitment to attend all sessions, either live or by accessing the webinar recording.

Space is Limited: We limit the number of participants for NVAA trainings to 100 to ensure quality instructor-participant interaction. Because of this participation cap, unfortunately, we cannot accept every application.

Training Requirements: When you complete all components of this training, you will receive Continuing Education Units (CEU). See training requirements.

Questions? Please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

Next Leadership Institute: September 3–November 14, 2019

Application opens on August 13, 2019.

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"This training has encouraged me to think differently, more holistically…like a leader! It's challenged me and opened my eyes to things I didn't even realize I had neglected. I've become more mindful of my employees and their needs and also my reaction to others. I've learned about conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, so many great things to help me become a better professional!"

–Participant, NVAA Leadership Institute


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Watch this quick video to learn why you should take the Leadership Institute and what is covered in the training.

OVC offers a series of comprehensive and practical trainings to build organizational capacity. See information about each training.

Blended Learning Approach: Each training is delivered using a blended learning approach—a combination of highly interactive, self-paced training and collaborative, facilitated webinars.

Length of Training: Each weekly webinar session lasts 75 minutes. You should expect to dedicate approximately 1–2 hours completing assignments before the training begins and between each session. Most trainings include an Introductory Week. There is no webinar during this week, but you will engage with other participants and complete other assignments.

If You Miss a Session: All webinars will be recorded, so if you are unable to meet online for a live webinar, you can access the recording.

Check Your Schedules: These trainings are very popular, and we are often unable to accommodate all requests to participate. It is important that you make a commitment to attend all sessions, either live or by accessing the webinar recording.

Space is Limited: We limit the number of participants for NVAA trainings to 100 to ensure quality instructor-participant interaction. Because of this participation cap, unfortunately, we cannot accept every application.

Training Requirements: When you complete all components of a specific training, you will receive Continuing Education Units (CEU).

Questions? Please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

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"I participated in the NVAA Financial Management Training… I was able to use what I learned and share the great tools and resources with the board to help them understand the budget process and their role, and it has made a tremendous difference in the creation and overall process this year. We are on schedule and ready to start the new fiscal year from a place of planning- not just reacting. I wanted to let you know how good the training really was and that it really did help. Especially for small organizations like ours- we only have three full time employees who currently do all direct service for clients AND run the program."

–Participant, Financial Management


"I learned more from this class than I did the university that prepared me for doctoral-level research! I am grateful for the examples, the resources, and the opportunity to plan my "evaluation.""

–Participant, Program Evaluation


"The resources and information provided is wonderful for our new board. The tool kit is awesome. (The instructor) was great and gave me a lot of very insightful information. All of the sessions were helpful."

–Participant, Developing and Managing a Board of Directors


OVC offers a series of comprehensive and practical skill-building trainings. See information about trainings in this series.

Blended Learning Approach: Each training is delivered using a blended learning approach—a combination of highly interactive, self-paced training and collaborative, facilitated webinars.

Length of Training: Each weekly webinar session lasts 75 minutes. You should expect to dedicate approximately 1–2 hours to completing assignments before the training begins and between each session.

If You Miss a Session: All webinars will be recorded, so if you are unable to meet online for a live webinar, you can access the recording.

Check Your Schedules: These trainings are very popular, and we are often unable to accommodate all those who want to participate. It is important that you make a commitment to attend all sessions, either live or by accessing the webinar recording.

Space is Limited: We limit the number of participants for NVAA trainings to 100 to ensure quality instructor-participant interaction. Because of this participation cap, unfortunately, we cannot accept every application.

Training Requirements: When you complete all components of a specific training, you will receive Continuing Education Units (CEU).

Questions? Please contact nvaa@ovcttac.org.

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"I liked all the ideas for successfully facilitating a session — how everything was broken down into different component with pointers for each. The tips/experiences from the participants as well as the presenters continue to be very valuable. I'm sure the suggestions for handling disruptive behavior will come in handy in future trainings."

–Participant, Advanced Trainer Institute