• Professionals in many fields (medical, legal, mental health, media, criminal justice, victim advocacy, clergy, etc.) come in contact with crime victims every day. Yet, often, each provider knows little, if anything, about the other systems that impact the victim’s experience and pursuit of healing and justice. The MVAA Summer Institute’s week-long training helps enrich and broaden advocates’ perspectives and approaches to their work with victims and survivors.

    About the MVAA Program

    The Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy (MVAA) began with the support of the Federal Office for Victims of Crime, which has been promoting the establishment of Statewide Victim Assistance Academies (SVAA) across the country. In 2005, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) applied and was selected to join the ranks of only 17 existing SVAA programs at that time. Based on MVAA’s unique curriculum, it was lauded as a “model for the nation” in its first year of operation and continues to provide consultation to other states establishing similar programs. 

    While typical trainings often take a ‘topic-centered’ approach, the MVAA takes a ‘victim-centered’ approach. This unique curriculum, which is both practice-focused and academically informed, provides an in-depth understanding of the crime victim’s experience over time  and across the various systems with which they interact (e.g., criminal justice, medical, mental health, victim advocacy, media). It also incorporates an understanding of the impact of survivors’ diverse backgrounds and life experiences. Furthermore, the MVAA curriculum promotes the importance of meaningful collaborations and coordinated responses among service providers.

  • 2014 Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy

    Please join us for the 8th Annual MVAA!  This year's MVAA will be held July 27 to August 1 at Endicott College.  Please note, there will be more information to follow regarding the MVAA Advanced Academy for advocates with more than five years of experience.  

    Application Deadlines

    March 7, 2014- Applicants wishing to be considered for the Mintz Levin/Paul Poth Scholarship
    June 2, 2014- General MVAA applications

    Mintz Levin/Paul Poth Scholarship

    To honor the life and legacy of attorney Paul P. Poth, the law firm Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., will be awarding full-tuition scholarships to the Massachusetts Victim Assistance Academy (MVAA) to recipients who have demonstrated a commitment, through their personal, civic and/or professional activities, to the Victim Services Community and who demonstrate a compelling financial need for the scholarship to attend the MVAA.

    Interested Candidates must submit the following application package:

    • 2014 MVAA Application
    • Mintz Levin Paul Poth Scholarship Application

    Application and Funding Tip Sheet Information

    2014 MVAA Cover Letter pdf format of    2014 MVAA Cover Letter

    2014 MVAA Application pdf format of    2014 MVAA Application

    2014 Mintz Levin Paul Poth Scholarship Application pdf format of    2014 Scholarship Application

    2014 MVAA Funding Tip Sheet pdf format of    2014 MVAA Funding Tip Sheet


    If you have any questions, please contact: Nicole Miozza, Outreach and Training Coordinator at Nicole.Miozza@state.ma.us or 617-586-1348