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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 will be offered this fall, with applications available here in late July​. 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 the MN Board of Social Work will be made​ available
  • Tentative dates for the 2023 MNVAA are October 10-13, 2023 and November 14-17, 2023.

  • The location for MNVAA will be decided​ through the Request for Proposal process and posted here when determined/named.  

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