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Office of Justice Programs

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Foundations in Victim Services

Program Overview 

T​he Minnesota Victim Assistance Academy (MNVAA) is a foundation-level educational opportunity.  Foundations in Victim Services is a week-long intensive course of study designed to improve the quality and consistency of victim services in Minnesota. The students for the academy class will consist of victim service providers and criminal justice professionals who work with victims of crime.  Through education, the MNVAA builds the capacity of providers to serve those victimized by crime, encourages cutting-edge thinking about the ways we can help victims regain control of their lives, and focuses on victim-centered multi-disciplinary collaboration building.

Candidates will be selected through an application process to attend MNVAA this fall.  These participants explore a comprehensive curriculum created specifically for Minnesota by a multidisciplinary committee assembled by the Minnesota Office of Justice Programs. All students who are accepted and successfully complete this 40-hour MNVAA course receive a certificate of completion. CEUs from the MN Board of Social Work will be available.  Academic credit may be available for an additional fee. Find a tentative agenda here​.  

Questions?  Please contact Joann M. Jones (joann.jones@state.mn.us

​MN Office of Justice Programs
MNVAA Director - c/o Joann M. Jones
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2300
St. Paul, MN 55101