SWO 384 / 584
Empowerment Practices with Victims & Survivors 2014
July 28 - August 1, 2014
USM Wishcamper Center Room 102
34 Bedford Street, Portland, 04104
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About the Maine / New Hampshire Victim Assistance Academy
To serve a greater number of victims in Maine and New Hampshire.
The VAWA MEI project is staffed by 20 full-time and part-time research assistants, analysts and associates, including attorneys, and others with significant frontline experience in providing services to or developing public policy for victims/survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. The project is housed in the Justice Policy Program at the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine.
To develop and offer a comprehensive academically-based, foundational level training academy to build the capacity of victim assistance providers, victim advocates, criminal justice personnel and other Professionals who work with victims of crime.
To do so, VAWA MEI collects, cleans, and analyzes data from OVW grantees. VAWA MEI constructs customized reporting forms, provides technical assistance and training to grantees who use the forms, and disseminates the data in various reports including draft Reports to Congress that are prepared for OVW.
The goal of the Academy is to help Advocates become more skilled in their professions and to create a way for ongoing victim service professional development. The Academy is a comprehensive academically based foundation level training to help build the capacity of victim assistance providers, victim advocates, criminal justice personnel and other professionals who work with victims. While some participants have previous training in their area of specialization, the Academy provides an overview and in-depth understanding of the entire field of victimization, victim rights and victim assistance.
- To promote critical thinking and broaden perspectives on victimization and victim response systems.
- To expand and enhance the level of professionalism within the victim service field.
- To provide an opportunity to network with people from other victim services and allied professionals.
- To increase participant knowledge of national, state and local resources.