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    • 01 Aug 2018
    • 03 Aug 2018
    • Historic Fredericksburg, Virginia
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    The Virginia Victim Assistance Network (VVAN) is pleased to announce the dates and location of this year’s Advanced Victim Assistance Academy.  The Academy will be held August 1-3, 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriott Historic District, 620 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22041.  This training is sponsored by VVAN with funding provided by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

    The topic of this Academy isDefining the Role of the Victim Advocate in a Mass Casualty Event.  The Academy will include a variety of topics related to mass casualty response and will be tailored specifically to victim advocates. Training delivery will include small group activities (including table top exercises), panel presentations, case examples and lecture. 

    After attending this presentation, we anticipate that participants will have better knowledge of local, state and federal resources for victims impacted by a mass casualty event, have an understanding of the command structure common for these types of events, and will be able to identify additional and appropriate ways to respond to victims impacted by an event in their locality. 

    Who should attend:

    This training is designed primarily for victim assistance professionals working in system-based agencies (i.e., prosecutor’s offices, law enforcement or any other government entity). Other professionals working with crime victims such as community-based advocates, mental health counselors, crisis response workers, etc., would also benefit from this training.


    The cost for this training is $75.00, which includes training materials.  This is a two-and-a-half day training, beginning on Wednesday, August 1 2018, and ending on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 12Noon.  Breakfast will be included all three days of the training and lunch will be included on Wednesday and Thursday.

    The training on August 1, 2018 will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the training will end at 5:00 p.m. Please come a few minutes early to register and pick up your training materials. Training on the second day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.  The final day of training will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at Noon.  Certificates will be provided for attendees who attend all two-and-a-half days of training.

    Dress is casual, but remember that the temperature can vary in training rooms, so dressing in layers is the best option.

    Please note that you are responsible for your lodging costs, incidentals, and any meals not provided at this training.


    We have reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Historic District for overnight accommodations at the government rate of $93.00, plus taxes and fees. 

    To register on-line, use this link: Click here  To book your room for Advocate Training 

    For call-in reservations, phone the hotel directly at: 540-373-8300 and use the code: Advocate Training.  The cut-off date for room reservations is: July 13, 2018 


    Parking is $8 per day at the Courtyard by Marriott and $12 for valet parking.  If staying at the hotel, the parking fee will be added to your bill.  Your DCJS grant should cover the parking fee.

    Registration will be limited to 35 participants and granted on a first come first serve basis. 

    Questions?  Contact Becky Sirles at



    Requests for conference registration cancellations and refunds must be submitted in writing to Mindy Stell at no later than July 13. A $10.00 Processing fee will be assessed, after JULY 13, NO REFUNDS WILL BE CONSIDERED OR ISSUED.

    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 15 Nov 2018
    • Sheraton Virginia Beach, Virginia

    The Virginia Victim Assistance Network's

    36th Annual Crime Victims' Issues Conference

     November 13-15, 2018

    Sheraton Virginia Beach

     (Final Agenda Coming Late this Summer)

    Pre-Conference Institute: What Slaveholders Think

    Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick is a writer and professor, with most of his work exploring culture, politics, and social change. He teaches at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego.


    In his new book What Slaveholders Think: How Contemporary Perpetrators Rationalize What They Do, Austin shows how broad political and economic changes upend the status quo for the powerful and the powerless alike. The once-powerful realize that the benefits they had once enjoyed are no longer of much value. As the recent slogan puts it best: when you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. Globalization has brought massive changes in huge industries and in humble homes—how slaveholders respond to these changes and how we ourselves respond will shape social, economic and political relations for the long twenty-first century. In this presentation, Austin will discuss and explore these perspectives regarding slaveholders with conference participants.

    Opening Plenary: Diversity Violence, Inclusion, Bias and Social Change

    Jeffrey S. Bucholtz, Plenary Speaker, is director of We End Violence, and outgoing president of the San Diego Domestic Violence Council. Jeff is also an award-winning instructor at Southwestern College where he teaches Oral Communication, Interpersonal Communication, TELA Communication (part of an African-American learning community), Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and Small Group Facilitation. In addition, Jeff works as a public speaking consultant with Speak for Success, and teaches courses on Violence Against Women and Popular Culture and Identity at San Diego State University.

    For the past sixteen years, Jeff has worked as an activist, organizer, and public speaker, providing consultation, presentations, and performances in the fields of sexual violence, masculinity, relationship violence, gender normativity, popular culture, violence prevention, stalking, bullying, working in alliances, feminist thought, collaboration, and the intersectionality of oppression.


    #MeToo - Changing Social Norms - Black Lives Matter - Social Media - Sex -Popular Culture & Pornography - Sexual Assault - Harassment & Discrimination -“Illegals” - All Lives Matter - Inclusion - Consent - Equality - #TimesUp - Diversity -Bigotry & Bias…There’s a lot to think about in our world.

    In one way or another, these issues are a huge part of our daily lives. Our experiences with, and understanding of these realities drastically affect everything from how we engage in our personal relationships to how professional and inclusive our work environments can be. In this engaging presentation, participants will spend time exploring the biases, social norms, stereotypes and habits that shape our perception and our environment. We will learn how to be more inclusive, maximize group potential, enhance relationships, be more effective, and create more meaningful interactions with communities we serve.

    Closing Plenary: Do it Well, Make it Fun.


    With a master’s degree in social work, Ron Culberson spent the first part of his career working in a large hospice organization as a clinical social worker, middle manager, and senior leader.  As a speaker, humorist, and author of four books including, Do it Well. Make it Fun.The Key to Success in Life, Death, and Almost Everything in Between, his mission is to change the workplace culture so that organizations are more productive and staff are more content. He was the 2012-2013 president of the National Speakers Association and is a recognized expert on the benefits of humor and laughter.


    If you’ve ever had a boss who was really good at what he or she did but was also fun to be around, you didn’t mind arriving early or working late. In fact, you probably loved your job. That’s the power of "Do it Well, Make it Fun." It’s about seeking excellence but making the process of life and work more fun.

    Based on Ron Culberson’s book by the same name, this hilarious presentation shows staff and leaders how to create a less stressful work environment where people want to work. It also helps them understand that excellence combined with fun and humor can improve productivity, create better working relationships, enhance creativity, change the workplace culture, and lead to the delivery of better products and services.


    The Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, located at 3501 Atlantic Avenue, is on the boardwalk and minutes from Pacific Place and Hillier Ignite Fitness Park. This beach hotel is within close proximity of Neptune's Park and Neptune Statue.   All rooms have private furnished balconies, complimentary wired and wireless Internet access, iPod docking stations and cable programming.  Additional amenities include 2 hotel restaurants, 2 spa tubs, a 24-hour fitness center and bicycles to rent.

    A block of rooms has been reserved for conference participants at the rate of $79-$99 or the prevailing government per diem and are available 3 days prior and after the event.  The cut-off date for making reserving rooms in the room block is 5 PM on Tuesday, October 16th.

    Guests may make reservations by calling the hotel at 1-800-325-3535 or visiting the Sheraton's website for the event at:  Virginia Victim Assistance Network 36th Annual Conference (OR copy and paste the following link into a web browser)

    For questions about online registration, contact Mindy Stell at or (804) 469-5384.  For all other questions, contact Laurie Crawford at or (804) 726-7773.    

    CONFERENCE REGISTRATION CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY Requests for conference registration cancellations and refunds must be submitted in writing to Mindy Stell at or to the payment address by October 29, 2018. (A $10.00 Processing fee will be assessed.) After this date, NO REFUNDS WILL BE CONSIDERED OR ISSUED.

    Payment must be received prior to attending the conference!