Statewide Victim Assistance Academy set for June 6-11
Minot State University will host the second annual Victim Assistance Academy for North Dakota, June 6-11, in the Conference Center, Student Center. This statewide training provides victim-service professionals with important updates on victims’ rights and victim services, as well as new developments in the victim-assistance field.
The VAAND is funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant, given to the MSU Rural Crime and Justice Center. Individuals who will be trained during the Victim Assistance Academy are law enforcement officers, social workers, prosecutors, advocates or any professional who works with crime victims.
This year’s keynote speaker for the VAAND graduation ceremony will be North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who is scheduled to speak June 11 at 11 a.m.
"What we plan to do with this program is enhance the knowledge and skills of those professionals who spend their time, day in and day out, with crime victims in North Dakota," said Nancy Murphy, Victim Assistance Academy coordinator and employee at RCJC. "The Rural Crime and Justice Center is excited to be able to offer this unique training academy to those professionals in North Dakota who work hard to defend and protect victims of crimes."
Topics for this year’s academy include areas such as basic advocacy skills, crisis intervention, domestic violence, child victimization, building relationships with Native American victims of crime and recognizing the effects of trauma.
For more information, contact Murphy at 701-858-3447, 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.