Welcome to the Florida State Victim Assistance Academy (FSVAA) website. After an outstanding first FSVAA held last summer, the second FSVAA will be held July 28-August 1, 2008 in Delray Beach Florida at the Marriott Hotel and Resort. With federal funding, technical and training support from the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, the FSVAA joins 32 other states in promoting and expanding victim services in the field with a 5 day, 40 hour Academy.

The FSVAA is a collaborative partnership with four key state partners. Project management is provided by Barry Krischer, State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit, with additional support and assistance from the Office of the Attorney General of Florida, the Florida Network of Victim Witness Services and the University of Central Florida. A diverse Steering Committee with representatives from many statewide and local organizations has played key roles in the development of Florida's Academy.

What distinguishes the FSVAA from other conferences and trainings?

• All courses are academic-based, interactive and incorporate adult learning theory in design and presentation.

• Participants are required to have completed some form of basic training (such as the Attorney General's Designation Training) prior to Academy participation.

• Daily activities will include small group, hands-on and mentoring experiences in which students will be teamed to work with veteran managers and supervisors.

• Emphasis on the application of newly acquired concepts and skills is incorporated into each daily session.

• State and national presenters who are new to many Florida professionals are part of the faculty.

• Comprehensive, competency-based evaluation is built into the Academy design.

To find out how you can apply to attend the 2008 FSVAA, click here.

To download presentations and see photos of the 2008 Academy, click here.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2005-VF-GX-K017 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, and U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.