• About the Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy

    The 2017 Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy (MVAA) will take place at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.  The MVAA training and learning environment aims to enrich and broaden an advocate’s perspective and approach to their work with victims and survivors. Our ultimate and shared goal is to ensure that crime victims receive coordinated, comprehensive services of the highest quality. We are now accepting applications for the 2017 MVAA.

    The MVAA has two tracks:

    Traditional Academy

    Sunday July 23, 2017 to Friday July 28, 2017
    Cost: $490 which covers the cost of expert faculty, resource materials, evening group activities, housing and all meals at Endicott College campus in Beverly.
    This six-day residential program is designed for early-career direct victim services providers (less than five years’ experience).  It provides a more complete understanding of what victims and survivors often experience and how to best assist them as individual providers and as part of a larger network.

    Advanced Academy

    Wednesday July 26, 2017 to Friday July 28, 2017
    Cost: $190 which covers the cost of expert faculty, resource material, evening group activities, housing and all meals at Endicott College campus in Beverly.
    This two-night/three-day residential program is specifically designed for victim service providers with more than five years’ experience in the field.  The Advanced MVAA will run concurrently with the Traditional MVAA.  The Advanced MVAA focuses on the unique needs and concerns of advanced-career professionals.  Completion of the Traditional MVAA is NOT a prerequisite to attend the Advanced Academy; however, Traditional MVAA alumni with more than five years’ experience in the victim services field are welcome to apply to the Advanced Academy.

  • MVAA Scholarship Opportunities

    The MVAA has two scholarship opportunities that aspiring students may apply to, the Mintz Levin/Paul Poth Scholarship and the Cheryl Watson Memorial Scholarship. Each scholarship covers full tuition to the traditional and/or advanced MVAA. In addition, students who are selected as MVAA scholars are recognized at MOVA's Victim Rights Month Events in April.

    Mintz Levin/Paul Poth Scholarship

    To honor the legacy and memory of Attorney Paul P. Poth, the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., will award scholarships to attend the Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy (MVAA) ). Mintz Levin / Paul Poth Scholars must demonstrate a commitment, through their personal, civic and/or professional activities, to furthering the ideals espoused by Paul Poth in his career as an attorney in private practice, as an assistant district attorney, and through his daily life and service to victims/survivors and the victim services community.  Recipients must have a compelling financial need for the scholarship to enable them to attend the MVAA. Selected Mintz Levin/ Paul Poth Scholars will be recognized at the Victim Rights Month Awards Ceremony on April 3rd at the Massachusetts State House.

    Cheryl Watson Memorial Scholarship

    In memory and honor of the Essex County District Attorney’s Chief of Victim Witness Services, Cheryl Watson, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance will award scholarships for the Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy (MVAA). Cheryl was deeply committed to the MVAA and was involved as a member of the initial steering committee to create the academy. She then served for many years as an academy mentor and faculty member to share her wisdom and inspire a new generation of victim advocates. The Cheryl Watson Memorial Scholarships will be awarded for both the traditional and advanced academies. Selected recipients will be recognized during the Victim Rights Conference on April 19th at the Seaport Hotel. Recipients will currently be working with victims and survivors of crime in either criminal justice or community based programs. Competitive applicants will demonstrate strong leadership qualities, a dedication to victim advocacy, and a commitment to a career in victim services.