MOVA organizes, and collaborates on, training opportunities for a wide variety of constituencies, including victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, survivors and community-based organizations. Our goal is to ensure that those who work to help victims of crime are skilled, compassionate and informed on the most current practices while offering opportunities to create or further build collaborations. Basic skills building sessions are offered for new advocates working in both state and community-based agencies. Advanced training sessions are offered as needed on a variety of topics, including new developments in the law or criminal justice policy and those aimed at supervisors/directors and seasoned victim rights professionals.
Victim Rights Event
This yearly event, held in April during National Victim Rights Month, brings together victims of crime, survivors, elected officials, criminal justice and victim services professionals from across the state for a day of learning, inspiration and networking.
Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy
This innovative, highly acclaimed training academy includes the Summer Institute, a 40-hour, week-long, residential intensive training program for early career victim service providers. The Academy provides other professional development opportunities for alumni and is continuing to grow and expand in its trainings for survivors and professionals of diverse disciplines. Learn more about the MVAA.