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Summit Victim Assistance Academy to offer victim advocacy class

November 30, 2018

Summit Victim Assistance Academy to offer victim advocacy class

AKRON, Ohio – The Summit Victim Assistance Academy, an educational service offered by the Victim Assistance Program of Summit County, is accepting registration for a class on the essentials of victim advocacy.

The 44-hour class is scheduled for Jan. 7 to 11, 2019 at the Police Training Center, 800 Dan Street, Akron. The class is one of two prerequisite classes offered in the state that meets national accreditation requirements.

The class is open to people in fields that help others, such as law enforcement, social workers, counselors, attorneys, medical personnel, first responders and clergy. The class will cover a crisis- intervention model developed by the National Organization for Victim Assistance to help people who have been victimized or suffered traumatic events. The class also will cover information about the judicial system, victims’ rights and available community resources.

Topics covered in the class include: the history of the victims’ rights movement, individualized crisis intervention, human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, identity theft, missing persons, stalking, homicide, suicide, sudden death, crime-scene response and court advocacy.

Class tuition is $275 and includes professional materials, a certificate of completion and information about the accreditation process. To register, visit victimassistanceprogram.org/the-essentials.

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