State of Delaware
Criminal Justice Council

Delaware Victim Assistance Academy

The Criminal Justice Council presents:

Delaware Victim Assistance Academy

The 2022 DVAA occurred September 11-15, 2022 in Dewey Beach. Applications for the next Academy will be announced 4-6 weeks prior to the application deadline. To learn more about the 2022 DVAA, click here to download the 2022 DVAA Flyer.

This event was supported with funding through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, VOCA-Assistance Grant #2019-V2-GX-0039, state funding, and partner agency contributions.

The Criminal Justice Council presents the Delaware Victim Assistance Academy! Based on the National Victim Assistance Academy model, the CJC is proud to provide a premier training and education program for new and beginning victim assistance providers that is specific to Delaware.

The mission of the Delaware Victim Assistance Academy (DVAA) is to offer standardized training that integrates interdisciplinary, evidence-based knowledge and practice to victim service professionals and allies by providing a space for learning, networking, and applying new skills. Through training and mentorship opportunities, the DVAA strives to develop a community of practice where Delaware’s direct service professionals become more culturally sensitive and inclusive, victim/survivor-centered, and trauma-informed in their work.

 DVAA Goals

  1. Provide the foundational skills and tools necessary to work with victims and survivors of crime.
  2. Provide information about the victim services field in Delaware to incorporate the history of victim services, as well as local, state, and national resources within the State.
  3. Provide an opportunity for advocates to network and gain professional contacts within the field.
  4. Broaden and strengthen the professionalism and promote sustainability of victim services in the State of Delaware.

Academy Faculty 

The DVAA Faculty is made up of established and emerging leaders within the state’s pool of Victim Assistance providers. Areas of expertise range from the history of the Victims’ Rights Movement, to the provision of trauma-informed and victim-centered services, and beyond. DVAA Faculty members generously serve in their roles on a voluntary basis, thanks to the support of their affiliated organizations that recognize the importance of investing in the next generation of Victim Assistance providers.

Who Should Apply?

The DVAA is designed for victim service providers and allied professionals who have experience of four years or less (0-4 years) in the field. Up to 30 applicants will make up the next DVAA class.

We encourage individuals who work with victims of crime to attend. This includes paid (full or part-time) staff from a variety of community-based and system-based programs and other allied professionals, such as law enforcement, probation and parole, and corrections. Applicants who serve victims on a volunteer-basis are not being accepted at this time.

How do I Apply?

The application includes personal statements where prospective students are expected to briefly state why they want to attend and how their participation will benefit them, their organization, and their community.

All applications must be received online by the application deadline. No hard copies will be accepted. In order to be eligible for selection, candidates must complete all portions of the application. In the event that an applicant does not have internet access for submission, they may contact the DVAA Coordinator directly for assistance applying.

All applications are scored and ranked competitively by a review team. Finalists are invited to participate in short, in-person interviews before acceptance decisions are made. The review team may invite feedback from applicant supervisors if more than one person applies from the same agency/division.

Once accepted, applicants will be asked to provide a signed letter of support from their supervisor/program coordinator. The CJC creates a waiting list if more applicants apply than space is available. Open spots during the cancellation period will be offered to the wait list on an as-available basis.

Cancellation Policy

If an accepted applicant cancels after the cancellation deadline and the space cannot be filled, the individual will be billed for the first night of the hotel stay.

DVAA students are expected to attend the Orientation Meeting, complete any assigned homework prior to the Academy, and be present during all scheduled Academy activities. If an accepted applicant goes through the orientation process and withdraws during the Academy without sufficient cause, they will be billed by the hotel for their entire stay. This includes situations where significant class time is missed without cause. DVAA Faculty do not offer make-up assignments, and students who miss scheduled course time will be asked to leave and billed by the hotel for their entire stay.

Due to the seriousness of COVID-19, its variants, and what we know about the way the virus spreads, any individual found in knowing violation of the COVID-19 safety policies will be removed from the course and billed by the hotel for their entire stay.

Health & Safety Precautions

The health and safety of DVAA students and faculty is paramount to creating a safe learning environment. Mitigation measures are built into the DVAA to ensure that we are all doing everything we can to reduce risk for ourselves, each other, the loved ones we go home to, and our extended family and friend networks. In order to create an in-person learning environment where participants can freely engage with the material and each other, all students should be prepared to comply with federal, state, and/or venue-specific requirements regarding COVID-19 mitigation efforts active during the DVAA. Specific guidance will be communicated to students and faculty prior to the DVAA.

Orientation Meeting

A Pre-Academy Orientation meeting will be held approximately six weeks prior to the start date. This meeting will provide an overview of the expectations, any pre-academy assignments, and an opportunity to meet other students and faculty. The exact date, time, and link/location will be specified to accepted students.

Academy Logistics and Costs

The DVAA is a residential training, meaning that the event will occur over five days and four nights at the Hyatt Place in Dewey Beach. Each accepted student will receive a scholarship that will cover lodging, breakfast, and lunch for the duration of the training. Dinner meals are not provided, and participants are responsible for those meals and their transportation to and from the Academy. By accepting the invitation to attend, participants must agree to stay all four nights at the selected venue and commit to attending each session in full. The 2022 housing costs were supported by funding through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, VOCA-Assistance Grant #2019-V2-GX-0039. State funds and agency sponsors will provide meals.

Certificate of Graduation

Academy attendees who attend, participate in, and successfully complete all learning modules will receive a Certificate of Completion. DVAA Graduates are eligible to apply for a Provisional Level Credential through the National Advocate Credentialing Program.

DVAA Media Items

We encourage interested persons to download the latest brochure for the 2022 Academy. For more information about the event: 2022 Delaware Victim Assistance Academy Brochure

Previous Academies

Previous DVAAs took place in March 2019, and September of 2021 and 2022.

For the flyer released ahead of the 2021 Academy, visit: 2020-2021 Delaware Victim Assistance Academy Brochure

Questions? Contact:
Kathleen Kelley
Criminal Justice Council
Phone: 302-577-8725