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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.


August 6 – 10, 2018 in Flagstaff, AZ

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 pleased to be able to offer the same great training at the reduced price of $125 for the week. This is a result of an OVC training grant received by ACVS.

Along with reducing the price of the training, we are also able to offer a number of hotel rooms for free. To be considered for free hotel rooms, please register your attendee for the Academy, then e-mail Connie Chapman at with the attendee’s name, e-mail address, agency, name and e-mail of their supervisor. You will be contacted shortly with the results of your request.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-VF-GX-0054 from the US Department of Justice – Office for Victims of Crime. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the US DOJ or the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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February 28, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ

The Arizona Coalition for Victim Services is excited to bring back Dr. Christopher Wilson to talk about how trauma affects the brain.

ACVS is pleased to bring back this important training for those who were not able to attend this training last year.

This one-day conference  will provide valuable information about how trauma affects the brain. The training will cover: how the brain responds to threat, the potential immediate impact of trauma (including immobility responses and the potential effect of trauma on memory), the potential long term impact of trauma, what it means to provide trauma informed care, and how working with trauma survivors can affect the brain of service providers.

To find out more information or to register for this event, click on the link below.



ACVS periodically offers an Advanced Academy designed for more experienced advocates and supervisors who have worked in the field of victim advocacy for a few years. Although each Advanced 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 challenges advocates face when serving victims in their communities. The Advanced Academies cover topics such as assisting victims with disabilities, mental illness, substance abuse, and traumatic brain injury. Moreover, participants may be exposed to other crime types, such as human trafficking and child sex slavery, or may explore the challenges in assisting undocumented victims in Arizona. The Advanced Academies often include learning modules designed to improve supervisors’ knowledge and skills, covering topics such as grant writing, professionalism and ethics, maximizing advocates’ potential, and violence in the workplace. Prior attendance at the Basic Academy is preferred but not mandatory in order to attend one of the Advanced Academies. Most of these topics come from input from Victim Service Advocates.

Check back after June for more information on our next Advanced Academy.