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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 19 – 23, 2019 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).

Register at the link below:

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

Leadership in Victim Services

June 19, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ

The Arizona Coalition for Victim Services is excited to present the annual Leadership in Victim Services training.

During this one-day training you will learn:

  • To identify your management style and how to effectively apply it to those you work with
  • How to create a more trauma-informed culture
  • How to work together solving conflicts on real world scenarios that you provide
  • Tips from a panel of experienced managers

This training is highly interactive which will allow you to apply the skills you learn and connect with other leaders in your field.

This training is available to current supervisors as well as those considering a management position in the future.

Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, snacks and training materials.

There is limited space so register quickly to save your spot!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Connie Chapman at



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.