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Training and Communication

OJP staff provide training and presentations to criminal justice professionals on issues including victim rights, financial compensation, victim notification, post conviction issues and other customized training curricula. 

Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy

The Office of Justice Programs is pleased to offer the Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy! 
  • Foundational level educational opportunity designed to improve the quality and consistency of victim services in Minnesota
  • For victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, law enforcement, this training uses a multi-disciplinary approach to help restore the victim to whole and regain control of their lives.
  • Comprehensive curriculum with academic credit and CEU's available for an additional fee. 
  • The dates for the 2018 MNVAA Academy are tentatively as follows:  October 10-12 with an evening reception on October 9th, and November 14-16, 2018.  Attendees are expected to attend all sessions on each date in its entirety.  Applications aren't being taken right now yet will be announced closer to the date.  

Assisting Crime Victims - Regional Training

OJP is currently offering a free, one day training opportunity for victim services, social services and law enforcement professionals who work with crime victims.  The next training will be offered in St. Paul at the Northwest Area Foundation, 60 Plato Blvd E #400, St. Paul, MN  55107 on March 14, 2018.  The Minnesota Alliance on Crime will lead a discussion over lunch (provided). Space is limited.  Find more information and register here​
The trainings team is currently planning for the next round of trainings.  If you are interested in having a regional training in your area, please contact Suzanne Elwell at 651-201-7312 or


Training and Presentations for Your Agency

The Office of Justice Programs can provide training on a variety of topics, including:

  • Crime Victim Rights - basic and advance presentations
  • Building Basic Identity Theft Advocacy Skills
  • Data Practices and Crime Victims
  • Ethics and Crime Victims in the Prosecution Process
  • Crime Victim Reparations (financial compensation program for victims) 
  • Juvenile Justice

For information on these trainings, and other topics, please contact Joann Jones at 651-201-7318 or


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