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