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A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy

The Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy (MNVAA) is a ​series of comprehensive, academically based trainings to build the capacity of victim assistance providers, victim advocates, law enforcement, criminal justice and other professionals who work with victims of crime. The MNVAA has three training tracks, with the first track being offered this fall. Check this page for more details as they develop. 


Information:  Foundations in Victim Services

  • 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 through St. Cloud State University (available for an additional fee)
  • CEU credits for POST and MN Board of Social Work are available
  • The dates for the 2020 MNVAA are scheduled to begin on October 19, 2020 and run through November 20, 2020.  Each day of instruction will have segments of programming. 

  • MNVAA is an academic environment with instruction scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays for approximately four hours each day; two hours in the AM and two hours in the PM.  There is no programming on Election day.  We will have classes on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020.  

  • All classes will be virtual and instructed over Zoom

  • Find the 2020 agenda here​​​

For more information about the Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy, contact Joann Jones at 651-201-7318 or Joann.Jones@state.mn.us​​​​​​​​​​​​