The Victim Assistance Academy for North Dakota (VAAND) offers a rare opportunity to live, work, study, and interact with allied professionals who routinely work with victims of crime. This course provides fundamental, academic, and skills based training.
To provide consistent and quality services to victims of crime in North Dakota.
To develop, implement, and maintain a statewide structure to expand and enhance the level of skills and knowledge for those who interact with victims of crime.
To provide comprehensive training to those professionals who interact with victims of crime in order to provide quality services in North Dakota.
The goal of the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) State Victim Assistance Academy (SVAA) initiative is to assist states in developing effective strategies for establishing their own SVAAs as a means to increase the knowledge of victim service personnel. The long-term goal of the OVC is to encourage the development of a victim assistance course of study in colleges and universities across the country.
In October of 2007, the Rural Crime and Justice Center received funding from the OVC to develop a Victim Assistance Academy for North Dakota (VAAND). Letters of support for this project were obtained from Minot State University (MSU), the North Dakota Victims of Crime Act/Crime Victims Account (VOCA/CVA) Grants Program, and the North Dakota Victimís Assistance Association. Some of the goals for the first year of the VAAND were to:
- Determine and invite specific people that fit the steering committee member selection protocol
- Develop the curriculum design
- Develop a Strategic Plan for the VAAND
- Develop a marketing plan
- Develop selection protocols for potential instructors and students
- Develop and conduct a training needs assessment survey
The VAAND is currently in its fourth year. The next academy will be held April 14-17, 2013 in Fargo, ND. For additional information please contact Shelly Carlson, Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to the members of the VAAND steering committee who have contributed to the planning and organizing of the inaugural Academy. The VAAND steering committee is comprised of the following professions:
- Law Enforcement
- Stateís Attorney
- Tribal Services
- Victim/Witness Coordinators
- University Faculty
- Probation & Parole
- Health Services
- Child & Family Services
Victim Assistance Academy for North Dakota