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Training Opportunities

The Arizona Coalition for Victim Services (ACVS) periodically offers academies, trainings and conferences. The Basic and Advanced Arizona Victim Assistance Academies are collaborative interagency efforts to provide victim service professionals with opportunities to learn, interact and network with other advocates from across Arizona. The Academies are a unique and comprehensive training series that address the barriers that victims of crime face and how advocates in agencies across Arizona can work together to empower and serve those in need whether it be through on-scene crisis intervention, court advocacy or community based services and shelters.



June 15, 2021

Desert Willow Conference Center

Phoenix, AZ

Cost is $50

Carmea Peca from The Arizona Trauma Institute will speak on the role of attachment in Domestic Violence situations.

This one day training will examine the role of attachment in motivating Domestic Violence. When attachment fails, aggressive and hostile means may become a defensive or protective part of relational behaviors.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will understand the impact of trauma.
  • Participants will be able to identify the myths of domestic violence.
  • Participants will develop an understanding of relationship patterns as a result of adaptation.
  • Participants will be able to define and identify phases of adaption.
  • Participants will be able to identify how the threat response system changes the chemistry of the body.
  • Participants will develop skills for helping trauma survivors rapidly stabilize and utilize skills for self-regulation.

Please join us for a day of training that will provide a different perspective on domestic violence, and most importantly, help us learn new ways to help survivors.

For more information about the training, the speaker or to register for the event, click on the link below:


One of our newest projects is the Mobile Advoacy Training Program.  This program provides trainers that come to your jurisdiction to train your staff on-site.  If you are interested in this program, please click on the button below for more information and request forms.

Mobile Advocacy Training Program


Flagstaff, AZ

August 9, – 13th, 2021

The Basic Academy is designed for advocates who are new to victim services and is structured to teach participants basic advocacy skills. The Basic Academy curriculum addresses topics such as victimology, crisis theory and response, the criminal justice system, victims’ rights, and cultural awareness. Additionally, experienced service providers and educators from across the state lead participants through an examination of various crime types including homicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, drunk driving, and vulnerable adult abuse in an effort to impart a better understanding of the barriers people face as they strive to overcome their victimization and heal. The 40-hour Basic Academy curriculum meets the requirements for the National Advocate Credentialing Program and the Military Advocate Certificate Program pre-service training through the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA).

This year we are changing the format of the Academy so please read the section entitled “Important Format Changes” carefully before you register.  

For more information on the program or to register, click on the link below:

If you have any questions, you can contact Connie Chapman at



ACVS periodically offers a Leadership Academy designed for more experienced advocates and supervisors who have worked in the field of victim advocacy for a few years. Although each Leadership Academy varies in content, the curriculum serves to address the most current issues advocates and supervisors in victim service agencies face. Experienced service providers and educators from across Arizona lead students through in-depth examinations of the unique challenges of leading a victim services unit.

Check back after April for more information on our next Leadership Academy.