Iowa Victim Assistance Academy (IVAA)
The Iowa Victim Assistance Academy (IVAA) provides a unique training opportunity for victim service providers that is academic‐based and comprehensive.
The goal of IVAA is to ensure that Iowa’s response to crime victims is continuous, comprehensive, and compassionate by establishing a basic foundation of knowledge for all victim service providers and allied professionals in Iowa. The Advanced Academies then build on that foundation by offering training containing more advanced content.
Criteria for Basic Academies:
Criteria for Advanced Academies:
In 2006, IOVA applied for and received a grant through the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) to establish a State Victim Assistance Academy. The three year grant was for the development of an academic-based, comprehensive, fundamental training academy for victim service providers and allied professionals who routinely interact with victims of crime. The Iowa Victim Assistance Academy (IVAA) was held in June 2008 and June 2009. In 2011, IOVA was able to secure funding from the Iowa Attorney General’s Crime Victim Assistance Division to continue holding Academies in Iowa and to develop an Advanced Academy curriculum. To date, Basic IVAAs have been held in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2015. Advanced IVAAs were held in 2013 and in June 2017.
Watch for information regarding the next IVAA anticipated in June 2019.