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Victim Service Division hosts TVAT Academy

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In October, the second Texas Victim Assistance Training Academy was held in Georgetown. Hosted by TDCJ’s Victim Services Division, the TVAT Academy is designed for victim services professionals and volunteers who routinely work with victims of crime but have less than three years’ experience in the field. The goal of the Academy is to teach foundational skills needed to serve victims of violent crime, the importance of victim-centered service and to encourage multidisciplinary teamwork throughout the criminal justice process.

The Texas Crime Victim Clearinghouse, overseen by the Victim Services Division, collaborates with victim services experts and key stakeholders to develop the Academy curriculum, which is focused on victims’ needs and rights from the moment of victimization through the investigation, pre-indictment, prosecution and post-conviction phases. Other topics covered during the Academy include workplace ethics, stress management for crime victims and victim services providers, and effective communication skills.

The TVAT Academy was created in collaboration and partnership with other state agencies and victim service providers. The Academy is funded by a Victims of Crime Act grant from the Office of the Texas Governor – Criminal Justice Division. Registration and attendance for the TVAT Academy are free of charge, with travel expenses paid by participants.