Registration is now open for the 11th Annual RI State Victim Assistance Academy!

The Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy (RISVAA) provides foundation-level training for professionals in the field of victim services. The Academy was designed to bring service providers together in an interactive, educational setting to encourage creative thinking about ways to best help victims of crime and to build collaborative partnerships within the victim services community. The 40-hour curriculum, developed by a multidisciplinary steering committee and presented by experts in the field, will be presented over 5 consecutive Tuesdays at the Roger Williams University Baypoint Residence & Conference Center located at 144 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871. Light Breakfast and lunch provided.

2019 Schedule

July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, and August 6, 2019

8:30am to 4:30pm


  • Days 1-3: Victim Communication Sensitivity; LGBTQ* Cultural Competence; Ethics in Victim Services; Trauma Across the Lifespan; Navigating the Justice System (arrest through parole); RI Legal Services; and, various state and federal victim resources. New this year - Victimization and the Deaf/Hard of Hearing.

  • Day 4: Attendees will choose among various specialized topics to customize their educational experience, including Victimization in the Military; Cyber Crimes; Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking; Critical Issues in Addressing Domestic Violence; Immigration & Victimization; Child Forensic Interviewing; Office of the Child Advocate; Elder Abuse: Victimization & Substance Use; Homicide Victim Response; Victimization & Individuals with Developmental/Intellectual Disabilities; Bikers Against Child Abuse; and MADD. New this year, Victim Impact & Sensitivity for Offenders and RIDOC Victim Advocacy.

  • Day 5: Restorative Practices; Compassion Fatigue; and, Self-Care with choice of Caregivers documentary screening and discussion or PeaceLove expressive arts. Also, celebration luncheon honoring Deb DeBare, Senior Deputy Director, Capacity Technical Assistance Team, National Network to End Domestic Violence


$200 for attendees seeking 29.5 RI NASW CEUs (including 3 in Professional Ethics & 3 in Cross-Cultural Practice). All others $120.

Questions about the Academy should be directed to Candace Johndrow, FSRI Victim Services Director, at (401) 331-1350 x3210 or

Questions regarding registration should be directed to Liz Campo, Administrative Assistant, Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies at (401) 254-3731 or

Register at or email your completed form to or fax to Liz Campo at (401) 254-3351.